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Red Cross closes shelter in Coeur d'Alene

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The American Red Cross has closed its Coeur d'Alene shelter due to inactivity. The American Red Cross has closed its Coeur d'Alene shelter due to inactivity.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The Kootenai County sheriff's office reports that the emergency shelter set up for those affected by Tuesday's windstorm is closing Sunday due to inactivity.

The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at the Coeur d’Alene Bible Church last week following the severe windstorm that impacted the northwest. However, they will be closing it as more and more people are regaining their power and recovering from the wind damage.

Avista reports Kootenai County is down to just 2 percent of its customers without power (which is about 1,300 people), while Kootenai Electric says about 1,200 customers are without power as of Saturday.

The sheriff's office reminds residents that if you don't have electricity, be safe and do not use gas generators or barbecue grills as indoor furnaces. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, never use a charcoal or gas appliance indoors. Never run a car engine or generator inside a garage and keep generators at least 20 feet from buildings. Even at that distance, air flow patterns could still blow carbon monoxide into homes through attic vents, windows, or doors, so it's important to have a working carbon monoxide detector inside the home.

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