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City of Evansville sets up cooling center during extreme heat

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Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 11:56 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 11:58 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville is setting up a cooling center during this week’s extreme heat.

Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke along with the City of Evansville decided to open up the CK Newsome Community Center lobby to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

“As we’ve watched the forecast these last few days for the early part of this week, we thought it was really prudent to open up the CK Newsome Center for people who might need a place to cool down during the day,” says Mayor Winnecke.

With temperatures creeping towards triple digits, and no signs of letting up in the next few days, Mayor Winnecke knows that there’s a portion of Evansville’s citizens who might not have access to things like air conditioning.

They may be at risk for heat illnesses if they don’t have somewhere to go.

“We want to be cognizant of the fact that there are many residents in our community who don’t have access to air-conditioning, and we don’t want people to take any undue risk. So, the center is opened up, offering free bottles of water and some snacks, hoping to offer a safe place for people to beat the heat,” says Winnecke.

Mayor Winnecke says that they haven’t had a large turnout just yet, and that’s why they’re only offering the center up Monday through Wednesday of this week.

“We’ll take it on a forecast-by-forecast basis,” says Winnecke, “for the time being, we know it’s going to be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week, 8 to 5. If we have so much demand that we need to expand those hours or expand the days we certainly will do that.”

They’re hoping people will utilize the center as the week progresses.

Mayor Winnecke knows that at 5 p.m., when the center closes, it’s still hot outside.

He says if they receive interest from the public, they’d be willing to adjust the hours to fit people in until it cools off.

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