Issaquah Community Center opens as 24-hour shelter

January 19, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Barry Morgan (right), American Red Cross volunteer, registers the 100th client at the Issaquah Community Center at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 for a place to stay. Volunteer Stan McKenzie and service dog Katsu are at left. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 9:20 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012

The city and the American Red Cross partnered to turn the Issaquah Community Center into a shelter for people without heat and power.

The 24-hour shelter opened Thursday night at the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Puget Sound Energy estimates more than 18,000 customers in Issaquah lack power, although crews restored power to the Issaquah Highlands at about 9 p.m.

People intending to spend the night at the shelter should bring prescription and emergency medications; extra clothing, pillows, blankets, toiletries and other comfort items; and important documents.

Families with infants and children should bring diapers, formula and toys.

The shelter does not allow pets, except service animals for disabled people. Call the Red Cross at 206-323-2345 to learn more.

The warming shelter in downtown Issaquah at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 71 is closed.

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