Statement issued Thursday afternoon by the city of Fort Wayne:
Due to forecasts of extreme heat and humidity, the City of Fort Wayne has granted a request to allow garbage and recycling collection to begin an hour early – at 5 a.m. – tomorrow.
National Serv-All normally begins collecting debris and recycled items at 6 a.m., however, the extreme weather conditions have forced that schedule to be modified on Friday, Sept. 2.
The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for Friday, meaning ozone levels are expected to be at unhealthy levels. Sensitive groups, including those with asthma and other respiratory conditions, should limit prolonged outdoor activity. The temperature is expected to reach 95 degrees; the heat index could reach 98 degrees.
The earlier schedule will enable sanitation workers to carry out their duties before temperatures reach dangerously high levels.