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Beating the heat: helping out in dangerous temperatures

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — Dangerously high heat in the coming days will leave people looking for places to cool down, especially those without air conditioning.

The Waterloo Salvation Army spent much of Thursday driving their mobile canteen around to city parks to hand out popsicles and bottled water to kids and their families.

“We want people to know we’re available. No one should suffer through this. It can be dangerous and life threatening if people don’t take it seriously,” said Captain Shannon Thies of the Waterloo Salvation Army.

Thies and others drove their mobile canteen from park to park in the city and will continue to do so for the rest of the week.

For the kids at the parks, it was an added summer treat. For Thies, it’s about helping take care of their community during a heat wave.

She said they are also keeping their building on Franklin Street open later until the heat breaks.

“Our building will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Friday and Saturday so people can swing by any of those times. We will extend our hours if we have to,” she said.

At the Waterloo Public Library, they’re preparing for an uptick in visitors.

“The summertime is always a busy time for us anyway,” Jillian Rutledge, a library volunteer.

The library shelves see a lot of traffic during the summer months. For some, the library is the place to go when the temperatures soar.

“The wonderful thing about the library is that we are open six or seven days a week, most days of the year. We’re the kind of a place for anyone to come into for whatever it is they need,” Rutledge said.

KWWL also has a list of cooling centers. That list can be found here.

Collin Dorsey

Weekend Anchor

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