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Some seek temporary shelter following Friday power outage

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It is one Friday night nobody in Sioux Falls saw coming.

"Crazy to think how many people are affected directly and indirectly," Kristi Eaton said.

Kristi Eaton is one of many who live downtown without power,  heat or electricity, on a cold winter's night.

"I didn't take a shower. Almost did, but realized there wasn't going to be hot water. That was annoying. I went to work. I had to get my lunch out really fast from the fridge. I came back and got all my other food so it wouldn't spoil," Eaton said.

Not only the inside of her apartment was a concern, but also having to leave it.

"Going up the five flights of stairs. I've done it a bunch and it gets old. there's not a lot of light so it gets dangerous," Eaton said.

The Red Cross has opened its doors to anyone who has been displaced from the power outages. Volunteers are ready with cots, handmade quilts, delicious snacks or just a place to get out of the cold.

"Whether it's an outage in the winter, tornado in the summer, flood in the spring, it's what we do. If someone is displaced by a disaster, you're displaced. We want to help people out. With the power outage and temperatures, it's hard to stay home and tough it out," Samantha Hill said.

Eaton said if power isn't restored, having options is good.

"Most people have family so people will probably crash at family or friends but it's nice to know it's an option for people don't have anything else," Eaton said.

The American Red Cross along West Avenue near Russell Street plans to doors at midnight. However, anyone who has been affected by the outage is still welcome.

For more information, call: (605) 336-2448.

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