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Police and fire

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Photos by Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Crews work to replace utility poles damaged by Friday's storm on Coldwater Road.
storm notebook

Aftermath: What should you do now?

Friday’s storm caused tree to uproot, pulling up some sidewalk with it and landing on a home in the 2600 block of Lynn Avenue.
Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Francisco Diaz, Asplundh Tree Experts, removes damaged limbs Saturday on Columbia Avenue.

A lack of power and air conditioning at the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control shelter on Saturday prompted officials to temporarily move animals that are up for adoption to locations with electricity.

Officials are asking people not to bring unwanted pets to the shelter today unless it's a necessity. Meanwhile, stray animals are still being accepted, and the shelter depository remains open to receive them.

For updates, check or call 427-1244.

Whom to call

To report sparking power lines or fallen trees or poles that are blocking streets, residents should call 911.

To report trees on city property that have down and are partly blocking a street, residents should call 311 and leave a message.

To report a power outage, residents should call Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634.

City cooling centers

Fort Wayne will have three cooling centers open today:

•The Community Center, 233 W. Main St., will be open noon to 6 p.m.

•Jerry Fox Lifetime Sports Academy in McMillen Park will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

•Jennings Center, 1330 McCulloch St., will be open from 3 to 7 p.m.

Red Cross shelters

The American Red Cross opened a 24-hour emergency shelter at First Assembly of God Church, 1400 West Washington Center Road, near Lima Road. Anyone coming to the shelter should enter through Door 5.

People planning to spend the night need to bring a pillow, sleeping bag, personal hygiene items and their medication. Those who don't have power and need to plug in medical devices can do so at the shelter.

The Red Cross also opened a shelter in Van Wert at the Van Wert Middle School, 10708 Ohio 118.

Free showers at Y

YMCA branches around Fort Wayne are offering free showers to those without power, the organization said on Twitter.

Keep food cool

Those without electricity for more than a day may have to toss the food in their refrigerator and freezer, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Food left in a refrigerator without power will stay cool for about 4 hours if unopened, while food in a freezer is OK for up to two days, the USDA said. Meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be kept at 40 degrees, while frozen food should be kept at zero degrees. The USDA suggests packing food from the refrigerator in coolers with ice.

Free ice from I&M

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Indiana Michigan Power will be giving away ice for free in the parking lot of the vacant building that was once the Value City clothing store at 1130 Coliseum Blvd. N., near Lake Avenue. Each household can receive two bags of ice.

Extended hours

To accept the abundance of fallen trees and limbs, Fort Wayne's Biosolids Facility has extended its hours. The facility at 6210 Lake Ave. just west of Maplecrest Road will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. The fee for a residential load will be reduced to $1 for the day.

VA at full power

The VA Medical Center at Lake Avenue and Randallia Drive reopened about 10:30 a.m. Saturday after operating on limited power Friday. The medical center had encouraged patients to go to other hospitals.

Volunteers wanted

Those looking to help with the cleanup effort can follow @NeighborLinkFW on Twitter. NeighborLink Fort Wayne is a volunteer mobilization organization, according to its website.

Report damage

To determine whether the state is eligible for federal assistance, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is asking Hoosiers who had property damage in Friday's storm to report it at

The site will ask for your name, address, phone number and the type of damage or loss. People without Web access can call their county emergency management agency to report damage.

Officials emphasize that this is not an application for government assistance. The information will be used to help local and state agencies to find out whether federal assistance can be requested.