Clevelanders struggle to stay warm

Clevelanders struggle to stay warm

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - In temperatures like these, just doing everyday normal things, like standing outside waiting for a bus can make your fingers numb. One woman was just using her mobility scooter to try and go to the store and never made it because of the cold.

Linda Wiggins is calm now, but earlier Wednesday, she found herself stuck in the freezing cold temperatures, unable to move.

"Everything just shut down in an instant. Everything! Battery! Everything!" said Wiggins.

Wiggins was on the way to pick up a prescription when the scooter she depends on for mobility stopped working. She was stuck with no phone in wind chills near zero.
 
"So I'm sitting there, and I didn't want to panic, but I actually panicked. I was like, oh my God. What am I going to do?" described Wiggins, who was stopped on a sidewalk near her Cleveland Heights home.

Luckily, someone spotted her and got her safely inside her apartment.

"He'd realized that I was stuck. He got me back into the building," added Wiggins.
 
The Cleveland Heights Fire Department moved her scooter inside her apartment building.
 
Wiggins is now staying put. She struggled to stay warm, like so many others without a car.

Those without heat will gather in places, like the Michael Zone Recreation Center, over the next 24 hours.

"You got a lot of people with nowhere to go," said Annette Pinkard, of Cleveland.   
 
The Zelma George, Glenville and Fairfax recreations centers in Cleveland, will also be open to anyone who needs a warm place to stay.

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