Indianapolis residents without power find warmth and safety in the arms of the Red Cross

INDIANAPOLIS - Tuesday night, hundreds of people are in central-Indiana Red Cross shelters, waiting for their power to be restored. They say they are lucky to have a warm place to stay after the massive snow storm and frigid temperatures.

For hundreds, it was the only choice in the huge winter storm. They lost electricity and the American Red Cross was here to help.

Jaelon is one of the man people staying at Red Cross headquarters in Indianapolis.

“Just trying to adapt here. Trying to get used to it. It's a hard time for everybody,” Jaelon said. “Everybody's trying to keep their spirits up. There's a lot of frustration going on."

After more than a foot of snow and sub-zero cold killed power to 65,000 Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) customers, some have been in the dark since Sunday and were forced to find shelter from the deadly cold.

“The houses beside us, they all had power, but we didn’t for some reason,” Indianapolis resident Dominic Anderson said. “So our neighbors told us to call the Red Cross.”

People are staying at Red Cross shelters in central Indiana, housed and fed, while hundreds of utility workers are putting in 16-hour days to restore power.

“We're primarily helping people whose utilities are out and whose homes are getting very cold,” American Red Cross CEO John Lyter said. “They just need a warm, safe place to be."

One woman and her family lost electricity to their apartment on Sunday and said the Red Cross was their redemption.

"Staying at (the) Red Cross shelter,” Schenee Murray said. “We don't have heat, water, lights. Nothing."

IPL said it hopes to have all power restored Thursday afternoon at the latest - part of a massive effort to save lives and put people back in their homes.

The Red Cross is already worried about the next possible weather event: all of this snow melting by the weekend with rain and possible flooding.

The Red Cross is also looking for more help, from volunteers to cash donations. Find out ways to help the Red Cross here. 

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