- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Hundreds of residents are seeking shelter at the Topeka Rescue Mission from brutal winter weather, with more cold days and nights ahead.

Barry Feaker, executive director of the mission, says Wednesday that the shelter is housing 308 people. He says teams had been out trying to coax “hardcore outdoors folks” to come in from the winter conditions.

Topeka had more than a foot of snow Tuesday. Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing, with bitterly cold wind chills, for the next several days.

The shelter has additional space if the city gives it permission to use cots. Feaker says some residents with mental illness who don’t like being around others may be placed in hotel rooms, if necessary.

The shelter serves an average of 1,200 meals a day.

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