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Shelter at Sissonville Church Remains Open In Wake Of Pipeline Explosion
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Videographer: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 11, 2012 10:27 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 10:22 AM EST
Sissonville , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Aldersgate United Methodist Church remained open Wednesday as a shelter in the wake of a huge pipeline explosion in Sissonville.
A church official said no one was at the shelter Wednesday morning, but the shelter would remain open at the Sissonville church in case anyone needed assistance.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates.
As emergency and maintenance crews continue to assess and repair the damage from Tuesday's explosion, families across Sissonville are looking for a place to stay warm.
For some families, a local church is home for the night.
Betty Carter and her husband Keith were watching the news when the gas pipeline explosion rocked their neighborhood.
The Carter's are among those without power and who sought shelter at Aldersgate United Methodist Church In Sissonville, where the American Red Cross is set up.
"The emergency vehicles all started rolling and we knew that we were going to be needed. Not knowing to what capacity, but we knew we were going to be needed. And we found out that we had been," said Pat Taylor, shelter coordinator.
Taylor says it was a rather uneventful day on Tuesday and the day turned hectic in no time.
And he says, like fire crews and police, you never know when you're need, but you're always ready when you are.
"We have had maybe 40 people that have been here, that have come in. They were hoping their power would come on, some prepared to spend the night."
The shelter is a warm place for families to stay as the crews continue to work.
The Red Cross says it will remain at the church throughout Tuesday night and on into Wednesday to provide any assistance that is needed.
"I've never been to heaven. I look forward to going. But I mean, it's like heaven. I mean we have been through power outages and sat at home and tried making coffee with candle and all that," says Betty Carter, "And now you can come to Aldersgate and there's hot coffee and as you can see there's food. And this place is wonderful."
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