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Dubuque opens cooling centers


The City of Dubuque announced Tuesday morning the opening of public cooling centers, due to the excessive temperatures and heat indices above 105 degrees.

The locations and times are:

The Comiskey Park Building, at 255 East 24th Street: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Prescott Neighborhood Resource Center, at 1151 White Street: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

5 Flags Center (Majestic and Orpheum rooms): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mystique Ice Rink: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Multicultural Family Center, at 1340 White Street: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dubuque Rescue Mission at 398 Main Street.

Centers will be open at least until Thursday, if not longer, as the city monitors the heat conditions.

Linda Breitbach and Nancy Clark were walking around the track at the Mystique Community Ice Center Tuesday afternoon.

"It's very hot, I can't handle it," Breitbach said.

The two are community trainers for Goodwill and often take the people they're training for walks around the ice center. Since the building opened in September, Breitbach said she has logged more than 150 miles around the track.

"It's free and it's cool," Breitbach said.

The place doesn't require any extra air conditioning to be a cooling center.

"As long as we're making ice, we got it real cool," center maintenance director Donald Makovec said. "We're about 65 degrees in here right now."

Michelle Armstrong works at the information counter and said that's a good temperature for walkers and folks looking to beat the heat.

"We usually average 10 to 20, and there's been a few more than that in the last couple days from the heat," Armstrong said.

The Comiskey Park Building cooling center hadn't seen any takers as of early Tuesday afternoon. The air conditioner, however, wasn't working perfectly, and it was, after all, only the first day of the cooling center.

"Hopefully, getting this out, more will come down and cool off," Armstrong said, of spreading the news about the cooling center availability, locations and times.

For further excessive heat information, resources and updates, the city encourages people to call 211.

Officials encourage people to follow basic tips:

Stay out of the sun, since sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation more difficult.

Spend as much time as possible in air condition, and if you don't have AC, go to an air-conditioned public building such as a library, shopping mall or designated cooling center.

Slow down and reduce physical activities in this heat, experts say.

Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty, and avoid alcoholic beverages.

Lightweight clothing is cooler and light-colored clothes will help reflect the sunlight and heat.

Eat smaller meals and less proteins, and avoid salt tablets unless specified by a doctor.

Don't leave anyone, including pets, in a parked vehicle for any amount of time.

It's important to check on neighbors, relatives and friends - especially those who are elderly.

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