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Shelter full as temps drop

Temperatures have been dropping after a cold front moved through the ArkLaTex Thursday. Temperatures have been dropping after a cold front moved through the ArkLaTex Thursday.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Now that the cold front has come through, local shelters are filling up with people seeking shelter from the dropping temperatures.

The Salvation Army located on Stoner Avenue in Shreveport reports being at capacity for the last couple of months now.

"Well I've been here two months now and it's been at capacity every night. When we have an up-swell of people coming in due to the weather we put out extra cots," said Maj. David Cradock of the Salvation Army. He urges the homeless to get out of the elements, but says they have to abide by strict rules, which include a breathalyzer test to ensure they're not intoxicated. Cradock says they want everyone to have a peaceful night's sleep.

We spoke to one man who was living in his car for a couple of weeks before he decided to go the Salvation Army for help.

"When the temperatures drop like that I say prayers for the people who don't take advantage of the shelters and don't have the resources, it's avoidable to them," said Norman Peterson.

The Salvation Army has an extra 25 cots ready for use, but after those are filled they'll have to begin referring people to other agencies.

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