Oswego Opens Water Station; Red Cross Maintains Oswego Shelter

UPDATE: Port City Opens Water Station For Those In Need

The city of Oswego has opened a water station at the East Side Fire Station, 35 E. Cayuga St., for those residents who are experiencing frozen water services.

Those effected may obtain potable water at anytime by using the East Seneca Street entrance of the fire station.

Residents must bring their own containers.

The American Red Cross shelter continues in operation at Laker Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus.

With temperatures continuing to hover near zero at night, it is still important to run water at about the diameter of a pencil to prevent freezing.


OSWEGO, NY – The shelter opened by the American Red Cross at Laker Hall on the campus of SUNY Oswego Wednesday night will remain open at least through Sunday, the Red Cross announced today (Feb. 26).

The Red Cross opened the shelter for City of Oswego residents who are without water because of frozen water lines in several neighborhoods.

Red Cross volunteers are at the shelter with cots, blankets, food, drinks and personal hygiene items for residents who need a warm place to stay or other necessities.

The Red Cross will continue to work Oswego Mayor Thomas W. Gillen and city officials to monitor the situation as residents could be without utilities for an extended period of time.

SUNY Oswego personnel have provided the Red Cross with two sofas, two chairs, a coffee table, a color television and lamps for shelter residents and Red Cross volunteers.

The SUNY Oswego Student Association also contributed water, towels and other supplies.

“We’d like to thank our partners at SUNY Oswego for their cooperation and thoughtful donations to the shelter,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Western and Central New York Region. “The Oswego community is rallying around the impacted residents and we’re pleased to be part of that effort.”