Night of terror: Sacramento homeless lined up for shelter during storm. The doors never opened

Wow Sacramento, when you step in it, you really step in it: Night of terror: Sacramento homeless lined up for shelter during storm. The doors never opened – https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.sacbee.com/news/local/article248818310.html

The wind blew the rain sideways Tuesday night. Trees that had stood for decades collapsed into homes and streets. And Karen Hunter, a 57-year-old homeless woman and mother of three, lay alone on a mattress in a small green tent under the W-X freeway.

She wouldn’t make it through the night.

Hunter’s friend found her that night, face down in her ripped tent. That’s when Harold Carter got the call: his partner of 27 years had died.

On Thursday, as Sacramento continued to clean up from its most violent storm in years, Carter walked along 26th Street. He saw Karen’s empty tent and was reminded of the loss. He broke down. “She was a warm, loving person,” Carter said. “She was my everything.”

The storm was not a surprise. The vicious winds and torrential rain had been forecast for days. And yet city and county leaders chose not to open emergency warming shelters for the region’s most vulnerable residents. City Manager Howard Chan declined to open a warming center at a downtown library that had sheltered homeless just the night before – despite inquiries from Mayor Darrell Steinberg and at least four City Council members about doing so, The Sacramento Bee has learned.

If Sacramento leaders had acted, Hunter would have gone inside, Carter said.

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