Archive for Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Residents get creative in finding relief from the scorching heat

Keeping cool Tuesday was no problem for Checkers Foods employee Brett Anderson, 17, who donned a hooded sweatshirt to stock items in the 35-degree dairy case. Temperatures outside were another story, with heat index values in the triple digits. Today is expected to be a scorcher as well.

Keeping cool Tuesday was no problem for Checkers Foods employee Brett Anderson, 17, who donned a hooded sweatshirt to stock items in the 35-degree dairy case. Temperatures outside were another story, with heat index values in the triple digits. Today is expected to be a scorcher as well.

June 23, 2009, 3:01 p.m. Updated June 24, 2009, 5:39 a.m.

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Salvation Army gives away final fan

The Salvation Army gave away its final fan Tuesday as part of a program to help Lawrence residents beat the heat. Enlarge video

Locals find ways to beat the heat

6News reporter Annalise Flynn asks Lawrence residents what they are doing to stay cool during the current heat wave. Enlarge video

The city pool, the frozen-food section of a grocery store, a shade tree and a “beer cave” might seem unrelated, but Lawrence residents are seeking refuge in those places as they try to escape the sticky summer heat.

With the “feels like” temperature soaring to 105 degrees and above, it’s necessary to find somewhere to chill.

The national weather service has issued a Excessive Heat Warning for virtually all of eastern Kansas and western Missouri, which is in effect until Thursday at 7 p.m. Temperatures Wednesday will continue to be steamy, with highs in the upper 90's.

For some people, escaping the blistering sun is not as simple as walking into your air-conditioned home.

“I just try to stay in the shade and deal with it,” said Steve Wade, a homeless Missouri native.

Pool enthusiast Sandy Bogner welcomes the sunshine and dives into cool water to keep from overheating.

“We stay where it’s cool like the pool. … I bring my grandchildren here at least three times a week in the summertime,” said Bogner about the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky.

Resting beneath a shade tree or diving into refreshing water are some obvious solutions, but other people get a little more creative in battling the heat.

“We just come hang out, and it feels so good when you’re in here,” Jesus Castillo said about the “beer cave” at Myers Retail Liquor on 23rd Street.

He works next door at the Jiffy Lube and said the managers at Myers have no qualms about letting him pop into the walk-in freezer on hot, sultry days.

“But then as soon as you get out, it feels just as hot,” he said about the fleeting relief of the cave.

Though not quite as chilly as the beer cave, grocery stores’ frozen-food aisles also have a certain magnetic quality in summer.

“I may stay here for a while,” shopper Gary Worley said.

Some ways to minimize the discomfort

The Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt., has fans to give away to seniors.

But on Tuesday, The Salvation Army gave away the last of nearly 70 fans collected as part of a joint effort with Channel 6News and Westlake Ace Hardware.

Donations of new or slightly used fans can be made at Salvation Army, 946 N.H. The agency also is accepting monetary donations to help pay some Lawrence residents’ summer utility bills.

If you need a place to get cool, these sites in Lawrence are available:

• Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

• Lawrence Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

• Salvation Army, during lunch from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., every day.

• Lawrence Senior Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.

• Lawrence-Douglas County Community Health Building, 200 Maine, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 10 months ago

I have never minded the heat. It's the cold I dread. Most of us have AC at home and in the car, so I don't really see what the problem is. It is those who have to work outside that face the brunt of the heat and it's effects. Years ago there was an homeless Russian woman who did not speak English who walked down the alley back of our house once a day. My granddaughter thought of taking her a frozen treat. I was so proud of her. Think about the homeless at a time like this. It can make you testy and out of sorts when your choices are between a rock and a hard place.

Boeing 5 years, 10 months ago

Irish - the same can be said about heat...most of us have heat in our home and in the car, so I don't really see what the problem is...

Kris_H 5 years, 10 months ago

Irish--You would see what the problem is pretty quickly if you DIDN'T have AC. I've lived in places without any.

I even know people who don't own cars, imagine that.

Try to look out for people who might be suffering in this heat. And don't forget the dogs and cats outdoors. They need shade and plenty of water, too.

ohjayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow - that picture brings back memories. I spent many hours in that cooler during my time at KU.

denak 5 years, 10 months ago

I remember growing up in the 70s without A/c, it was miserable. My dad asked me a few days ago, how I was holding up and I said it was no problem because I had A/C and that I don't go outside unless I had to. That got us reminiscing about how we would all go hang out at the local mall or go to the movies all day (sneaking in of course) just to get out of the heat.

I was made of tougher stuff back then. I don't think I could live without A/C today!

Dena

Sean Livingstone 5 years, 10 months ago

logrithmn,

Good video, I watched it before. I really hope some parents stop teaching their children that earth's only 6000 years old. I know some of them who are doing it right now.

Sean Livingstone 5 years, 10 months ago

logrithmn,

There are lots of ignorant people who thought that the bible and some "nutty" guys who publish one or two books to challenge a concept can be taken as the "truth". I've never "disputed" the bible, and am a Christian myself. But it's sad that people takes the bible as a scientific text, and made-up news and books as the "facts"... scientists need to communicate properly what they've found too...

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