Monroe County, Rochester Mayor opens warming shelters for residents without power

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County has rescinded the no unnecessary travel advisory issued last night due to the wind storm.

It is still urging motorists should still exercise caution, as crews are still working to clear some roadways.

Mayor James Patrick Smith announced that the City will operate temporary warming shelters for residents without heat after yesterday’s wind storm.

The David F. Gantt R-Center at 700 North St. will now be open continuously and the Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Ave. is open until 6 p.m. Hours will be extended if necessary based on power restoration.

“We want to be sure that everyone who needs a place to keep warm during a power outage has somewhere to go,” said Mayor Smith.

“The warming centers are one way we can help individuals and families cope with severe weather conditions and we will extend the hours at these centers as needed.”

Monroe County officials say residents who remain without power may access these town facilities today as warming centers and to charge cell phones and other small devices:

  • Greece Town Library, 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard, from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Chili Community Center, 3237 Chili Avenue, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to check their website at to find estimated restoration times and to read about storm safety tips.

The City will coordinate with Greater Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross for additional staffing support at the centers.