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Cold weather shelter activated in Courtenay
With a high of -3C Wednesday and a predicted -1C Thursday, the Comox Valley Extreme Weather Protocol is in effect for those seeking shelter from the cold.
During times of extreme weather, the Extreme Weather Shelter was developed to assist the homeless to stay dry and warm, as the cold weather could be a threat to their overall well-being and a risk to their lives or health.
Shelter is available at 632 Pidcock Avenue in Courtenay, with additional beds if required at the Northgate Foursquare Church at 1640 Burgess Rd. in Courtenay.
For the Extreme Weather Shelter to be activated, the temperature must be near zero with rainfall that makes it difficult or impossible for the homeless to remain dry along with other conditions that may be present including snow, freezing rain and sustained high winds.
With the temperatures dipping down to -7C both Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Environment Canada is predicting flurries or light periods of snow with accumulations up to five centimetres.
Combined with winds from the north, windchill values can make the outside temperature feel like -10C or colder.
To keep up to date on the Extreme Weather Protocol and to see if the rules are in effect daily, visit www.comoxvalleyewp.com.