Residents without power and heat because of the recent record-breaking snow have a warm place to go. A warming shelter has been set up by the American Red Cross at Acorn Academy at 101 Live Oak Drive in Red Oak.

“The shelter that was opened was a warming shelter for residents without electricity. We had six people stay (Friday) night,” said Shelly Campbell, emergency specialist with the American Red Cross.

“Dispatchers are directing people who call to the shelter,” she said. “Members of the Red Oak Fire Department have been offering rides to people that could not make it out of the driveway.”

Campbell said the shelter is open as long as it’s needed.

As of Saturday, Oncor crews worked through the night to restore power to 50,000 homes with about 150,000 homes in the DFW Metroplex still without power. In a press release issued Saturday morning, Oncor officials said the utility company was nearly complete in restoring power to critical care facilities, such as hospitals, water pumping stations and fire and police stations.

“Our focus now is to safely restore power to the largest number of customers,” area manager Paul Hernandez said. “With the storm gone, weakened tree limbs continue to fall under the weight of wet snow, taking power lines with them. Please stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to 911.

“In Ellis County, we actually experienced an increased number of outages on Friday. Overnight crews have made very good progress and will continue to work until everyone who can receive power is back on,” he said. “Please know that if your service entrance/meter base is damaged, it will have to be repaired before we can reconnect your power. We will have crews here from outside the area and the state working with us until all power is restored and it would be helpful for customers to leave their front and back porch lights or other exterior lighting on (to signal when power is restored).”

Hernandez said the company regretted the extended outages and hardships placed on the communities and appreciated the public’s understanding.

For more information about the Red Cross shelter, call 214-678-4800.