Cold weather forces Alabama cities to open warming shelters

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The dangerously cold weather is pushing Birmingham city leaders to open the Boutwell Auditorium for those who do not have shelter.

Boutwell will likely open Tuesday night around five and could stay open anywhere from 5 to 7 days. Acting Mayor Roderick Royal says with temperatures so cold and the threat of snow, the emergency opening is necessary.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are partnering with the city to provide food and other needed items.

Rolling power outages caused authorities in Springville to open a cold weather shelter on Monday night.

The Springville EMA says power has been off and on to thousands of homes in the area since Monday afternoon.

A spokesman for Alabama Power tells FOX6 News that an equipment failure at a Springville substation caused the outages. It affected about 2,400 homes and business.

All power has since been restored.