Oak Orchard school in Medina available as warming center

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 December 2022 at 6:00 pm

Shelby, Ridgeway and Barre fire halls also open

MEDINA – The Oak Orchard Primary School at 335 W Oak Orchard St. is available as a warming site, village officials announced.

Parts of Medina community are without electricity. The school will be open all night as a warming center if needed, Mayor Mike Sidari said.

He encouraged people to bring food and water. There are 10 cots available at the school, about 70 blankets, charging capabilities and a microwave.

There are 4,926 National Grid customers without electricity in Orleans County as of 6:06 p.m.

Other warming centers include the Shelby Vol. Fire Company Rec Hall, Ridgeway Vol. Fire Company and Barre Fire Company.

“Road conditions are terrible in the county especially in the southern portion of the county,” said Justin Niederhofer, the county’s emergency management director. “Due to the hazardous conditions and for the safety of the plow operators some of the town have pulled their drivers off the road until conditions improve. Conditions will get worse as the night goes on, and finally start to improve tomorrow morning.  If you can, try to stay home and utilize blankets to stay warm.”