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City opens facilities to get a break from the cold

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Dangerous temperatures and brutal winds are forcing many to limit their times outdoors, so Iowa City is reminding residents of the facilities open to get a break from the cold.

It's advised that people wear several layers of clothing, cover up as much as possible to avoid frostbite, and take shelter to warm up when necessary.

Weather forecasts call for wind chills as low as -30 degrees today and -40 degrees tonight, with bitterly cold temperatures expected to last through the weekend.

In these conditions, frostbite can occur in less than 15 minutes. Hypothermia is another risk. The City of Iowa City reminds people who need a break from the cold to drop by any of the following City facilities during the hours listed below:

  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m.
  • Scanlon / Mercer Recreation Facility, 2701 Bradford Drive: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Public Library, 123 Linn Street: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Senior Center, 28 S. Linn Street: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On weekends, enter the building through the Washington Street door.

Overnight shelter for people experiencing homelessness is available at Shelter House, 429 Southgate Avenue, and at a temporary homeless shelter in the former Aldi's building at 1534 S. Gilbert Street. People seeking a warm place to sleep may stop by Shelter House beginning at 6 p.m. to see if space is available, or at the temporary shelter anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Drop-in services are also available at Shelter House from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on these shelters and their services, call 319-351-0326.

For additional information about City of Iowa City facilities, contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319-356-5058 or shannon-mcmahon@iowa-city.org.

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