Harlingen opens warming center for residents

The City of Harlingen opened a warming center to help the thousands of residents that are still without power in the community as a result of the ongoing freezing weather conditions and the associated rolling blackouts dictated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

The warming center is at the Harlingen Community Center located at 201 E. Madison.

Mayor Chris Boswell says the community center was converted into a warm place for residents to spend the night.

“Some of our residents have been without power for more than 48 hours now at no fault of their own and with no clear end in sight; we’ve decided to open one of the few buildings in the City that does have power to our residents.  Here they will have a warm place to lay their heads for the night and get a reprieve from the freezing temperatures that we’ve experienced this week.”

The warming center opened at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17,and will remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday, February 20.  Residents are asked to bring sleeping bags, blankets, food, and any medications they may need.  They can also bring electronics such as phones and IPads to charge.

The center is available to residents who just want to recharge batteries or their electronic devices.

At this time, no pets are allowed.

Because of COVID-19, masks are required and temperatures will be taken at check-in.