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More Mainers Seeking Shelter 

The recent ice and rain followed by sub-freezing temperaturessaw Mainers heading to shelters around the state for aid.

State officials say more people who’ve lost power in the ice storm turned to shelters to keep warm as temperatures in most of Maine dipped into the low teens and single numbers Saturday.

Lynette Miller of the Maine Emergency Management Agency had no figures but said the shelters were busier than the night before.

Even as power is gradually being restored, the drop in temperatures is making for colder conditions for those who lack wood stoves, electric generators, or other methods ofproducing heat.

The temperature dropped to 2 degrees in Fryeburg, 5 in Waterville, 9 in Sanford and 13 in Portland.

The coldest readings were in Aroostook County, including minus 15 in Presque Isle, but folks in that part of the state did not lose power.

Miller says about 32 shelters and warming centers remain open.