Warming shelter opens

Oconee Emergency Services and the Oconee Chapter of the American Red Cross have opened a warming shelter in Seneca, at the St. Mark Methodist Church, 616 Quincy Road. Anyone needing to escape the elements is welcome. If you have questions or concerns, call Scott Krein, emergency management director, at 710-7027. The shelter may be just what some customers of Duke Energy require. We’re told the outage that started last night continues to affect the SC 130/183 areas including Oconee’s High Falls Park. “They (Duke) are working on it very diligently, but presently everything they’ve tried has not worked,” Krein told 96.3/WGOG NEWS. He said Duke is bring outside crews in to help. In Walhalla, be careful in and around the courthouse intersection of Short and Tugaloo streets. City repair crews were alerted at 1 a-m to a water leak. The water runoff quickly froze, requiring a block in that area to be closed.