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County officials reach out to homeless during snow storm


MADISON (WKOW)-- This storm was a dangerous one for people who are homeless as they scrambled to find shelter.

Dane County officials reached out to the Occupy Madison group staying in Token Creek Park. We're told around 19 out of 23 occupiers decided to seek shelter. The others stuck it out and camped through the night during blizzard. Many who sought shelter have since returned to the camp site.

"All the shelters were open last night and are open tonight for anyone who needs them. Any type of restrictions are being waved because of the emergency and so anyone who needed and sought shelter last night had a place to go and the same will hold true for tonight," says Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

County officials are also reaching out to people without power and heat. A few dozen county employees spent Thursday night handing out free hotel vouchers to families in need.

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