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San Diego Homeless Shelter Prepares For Rain

Matt Hoffman / KPBS
The homeless tent shelter at 16th Street and Newton Avenue in downtown San Diego, Dec. 1, 2017.

The head of San Diego's Alpha Project said their downtown homeless shelter is "buttoned up" as a winter storm brings rain to the region. An intense downpour in early December caused the shelter to flood and 300 homeless people were evacuated. But Bob McElroy, with the Alpha Project, said the rain that day was exceptional and they have taken plenty of precautions for this storm.

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"We've done the shelter on that specific site 12 times over the last 20 years and never had a problem. So that was a once in a lifetime event ... hopefully," McElroy said. "So we're way ahead of the game now we've got pumps and bags and plans in place right now so that doesn't happen again."


McElroy said his group is also trying to bring whatever help they can to San Diego's unsheltered homeless.

"Teams are out as we speak and they'll be out all weekend. We're going to the riverbeds, the canyons, the freeway overpasses and make sure everybody's got plastic," he said. "We're handing out blankets and jackets. But stuff gets wet that's useless, so lots of plastic. Just trying to keep people dry."

The National Weather Service is forecasting about five days of rainfall in the coming week.

Corrected: February 6, 2023 at 6:15 PM PST
Editor's note: This story was changed to correct the name of the Alpha Project.