Frigid temperatures leave commuters, homeless searching for shelter

Commuters take cover from arctic blast

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The frigid temperatures had many commuters and several people searching for a shelter to keep warm Monday.

The Salvation Army opened two emergency warming shelters at their centers in Kansas City, Kan., and Liberty. There were cots available as well as free meals for anyone in need.

Bus riders also had a chance to avoid having to wait outside. 

The KCMO Transportation Authority set up several warming buses at 10th and Main St. People had the chance until 6 p.m. to wait inside a warm bus as they waited for their scheduled bus to arrive. It was a huge relief for many who had to wait more than 30 min for their ride.

"Well, you know, there's a few businesses around here, but they act a bit funny like they don't want people standing inside their businesses to wait," Lakeisha Porschia said, who rides the bus every day. "I really appreciate this bus."

Monday was the final day for the warming buses, but the shelters will remain open as late as Wednesday. 

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