Statement issued Friday:
The City of Fort Wayne will continue to provide relief from the extreme heat and humidity this weekend at a cooling center that will be located at the Cooper Center at Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir Park.
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Cooper Center cooling center, at 2300 Clinton St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Nearly 200 residents were able to get relief from the heat at two city cooling centers opened on Monday at the request of Mayor Tom Henry. The centers were designed to provide a place for residents with inadequate cooling systems in their homes to get relief from unsafe weather conditions. The centers at the City Parks and Recreation Department Community Center and the Public Safety Academy saw their highest turnout on Thursday, when about 70 people walked through their doors.
“With the high temperatures continuing into the weekend, it is important to maintain a public cooling center for those who are heat-sensitive but don’t have adequate cooling at their homes,” Mayor Henry said. “I would like to extend my appreciation to the people and organizations that have been a part of this effort to ‘beat the heat,’ but with the warm weather continuing, we must continue to check on our neighbors, keep hydrated and otherwise be safe.”
The Fire Department worked in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department today to perform a second day of “wet downs” or spraying sessions at area parks. Those events were open to the public and took place this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Fort Wayne area that will remain in place until 8 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 95 degrees today and tomorrow, with a heat index that could reach as high as 110 degrees.