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PPL Park to be used as emergency shelter

Starting at 11:00 AM today, the home of the Philadelphia Union will be open to residents of Chester who are still without power due to Tuesday afternoon's derecho.

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According to 6ABC, PPL Park will be used as an emergency shelter starting today at 11:00 AM for residents of Delaware County. The people who go will be able to get a shower, get relief from the heat, and get a meal. Kristina Scala of the Delco Times reported:

County Councilman John McBlain said that a shelter had been opened at Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill and that PPL Park in Chester would be open to city residents, especially senior citizens and those with medical issues. Showers and air conditioning will be available at the stadium beginning at 11 a.m., along with meals. - Delco Times, retrieved June 25, 2015

Delaware County has a reported 40,000 people still without power due to the derecho (a storm characterized by straight-line winds and heavy rains) that hit the area on Tuesday evening. The weather event also flipped a car at the Deptford Mall in Gloucester County, New Jersey and left an estimated 280,000 people without power in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Update: Per a press release, the Philadelphia Union are also offering a "warm meal, access to restroom facilities and a cell phone charging station to local Chester firefighters, EMT, police and parks and rec. personnel." This will be today from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the concourse of PPL Park.