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UPDATE: Community centre open again today for those in Nanaimo needing to warm up

Beban Park social centre open until 4 p.m. today, Dec. 23

UPDATE: The City of Nanaimo has posted on social media that the Beban Park social centre will be open again today, Dec. 23, to those who are still without power and needing some place warm.

The City of Nanaimo’s water treatment plant has returned at full capacity and “residents and businesses may go back to using water as normal,” according to a press release Saturday.

The Regional District of Nanaimo has three warming centres open. According to a social media post, Cedar Community Hall, Gabriola Rollo Centre, and Qualicum Beach Civic Centre will be open until 6 p.m. today, Dec. 23.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: As power outages extend more than 48 hours for many residents, the City of Nanaimo is offering to help folks keep warm.

The municipality announced this afternoon that residents can stay warm today, Dec. 22, at the Beban Park Social Centre, until 9:30 p.m.

“The city recognizes that many homes without power may be getting cold and are opening up the centre to provide an opportunity for residents to get together in a warm setting,” noted a city press release.

According to the city, the Nanaimo Community Assistance program provides residents with short-term support during emergencies.

“Our volunteers are ready to welcome residents without power to Beban Park social lounge to warm up and charge their phones,” said Karen Lindsay, the city’s emergency program manager, in the release.

RELATED: City of Nanaimo asks residents to try to limit water use again today

RELATED: B.C. Hydro ‘working around the clock’ to restore power on Vancouver Island

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