Bitter cold temperatures invade WNY

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Even in single-digit temperatures, contractors from M.A. Mortenson Co. were hard at work on the HARBORcenter. They contended with frigid temperatures two weeks ago, during the last cold snap.

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HARBORcenter Project Superintendent Ryan Poropat said, “We have a lot of areas on the building where we have temporary heat on, warming areas for the guys. Outside of that, making sure that we can coordinate work as much as we can on the inside of the building.”

Tuesday morning, the contractors set in place the first of several steel beam that will support HARBORcenter’s two ice rinks. Construction is about 40 percent complete, according to Buffalo Sabres Chief Development Officer Cliff Benson.

Benson said, “Right now we’re very close to our schedule, and we expect to stay on schedule. We have a lot of ways that we can adjust, certainly, when the weather gets better. But these guys have done a phenomenal job out here, of keeping this thing going.”

The St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and the Buffalo City Mission will be activating “Code Blue,” opening overnight warming shelters for the needy. Up to 120 people will stay at the mission on a normal night, however Buffalo City Mission Director of Client Services Raine Schreiner said, “In recent Code Blues, we’ve been seeing our numbers climb as high as 60 additional clients coming into the mission and the warming shelter.”

The Code Blue team also delivers warm clothing to those who choose to stay out in the elements.

Schreiner said, “The community has been such a blessing. During these Code Blue nights, it so helpful when the community drops off hats, gloves, scarves, blankets.”

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