Cold weather headed toward Farmington

Posted at: 10/14/2013 5:54 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Cold temperatures will soon be hitting New Mexico, and the rush is on in the Four Corners to get the word out to a very vulnerable population.

Today’s sunshine gives no hint of the cold front headed toward Farmington.

That’s why police are on the lookout for people who have no place to go.

"During the colder months we intensify the patrols in the parks and anywhere on city property, we're interested in helping anyone out there during the cold weather," said Farmington Police officer Randy Velarde.

The first hard freeze is the biggest risk.

"In the past we've seen people have trouble in the cold, we've seen several deaths attributed to the elements," said Velarde. 

And if there's nowhere for them to go, they come here, to The Roof. 

The Roof is a shelter run by the Salvation Army and the city during the cold months.

"During the summertime the weather not as intense, people can go sleep out in the open and nothing will happen. I’m not saying it’s safe, but if we provide the roof it will minimize them getting hurt or even killed," said Salvation Army Administrator, Bill Simon.

During their stay, the Salvation Army makes sure people have a bed, clean clothes and a shower to get them through the night.

And even though it's only open during the winter months, the Salvation Army hopes that will soon change.

"I hope we can open all year round,” said Simon.

The Roof shelter opens November 1