Rockland warming shelters to be open this week

By Stephen Betts | Jan 01, 2018

Rockland — Record-setting frigid weather has led Rockland to open municipal buildings as warming shelters for the second consecutive week.

Rockland City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Rockland Public Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. And the Flanagan Community Center will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

The city announced last week that people could come into those buildings to get warm.

The average high temperature for Jan.1 is 30 degrees Farenheit and the average low is 12. Since Dec. 26, the temperature has not exceeded 13 degrees, with overnight lows going below zero.


Comments (5)
Posted by: Peter Hill | Jan 03, 2018 17:21

The city should be doing more than paying lip service to the people needing a place to stay safe and warm. This clearly is not a well thought out plan. Who is in charge of the warming shelters in Rockland? It's a cold, lonely town after the stores close up and the white lines are rolled up.


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 02, 2018 16:24

Rockland at it's finest, folks.   This ways heavy on my heart.  The Maine Emergency Management Agency website is a joke.  No list of warming centers.  I tried and tried but couldn't find a list.  What will happen in a real big disaster folks.  If our State and Local government can not supply a list of warming centers let alone, Knox County not having one open at night, this makes me so sick.  The article should not say, "Rockland warming shelters to be open this week".  A warming shelter is a place for those to go that have no place warm to go to, whether it be during the day or at night.   Alittle late in stating people are welcome to warm up in these places listed above.  It's been below zero for how many weeks?   This really bothers me.  Richard, if you have any brain storming ideas, give me a shout on FB.   I am willing to volunteer and help find a place for these people.  Anyone else in?  If so, Private message me on Facebook please


Posted by: Joe Patten | Jan 02, 2018 14:34

I guess this means that folks won't be asked to "move along" if they are simply sitting around for a while. Are there cots and blankets available that a willing church or other organization with space could offer an overnoght?

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Jan 02, 2018 14:16

Wondering if the Courthouse is open for people needing heat overnight. I believe that is out emergency location.

Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Jan 01, 2018 22:08

I was pleased when I read the headline. I then read about the buildings being open at their usual times, I assume. No mention is made of where people can take shelter at night which is the most perilous time for people.

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