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CHI reports 40 heat-related ER visits in recent days

Open Door Mission requests bottled water donations
Posted at 3:36 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 16:36:56-04

The weekend heat resulted in 40 emergency room visits, CHI reported Tuesday; and has also caused a spike in need for bottled water at Open Door Mission outreach centers.

The Open Door Mission is asking for bottled water donations. Officials there say they need as many packages of bottled water as they can get in the next three days to catch up. You can drop them off at any outreach center.

Also on Tuesday, the Salvation Army announced it would opening cooling stations at five metro area locations where people can enjoy air-conditioning and get a cool drink when high temperatures reach 90 degrees two days in a row.

During those days: 

  • The Kroc Center cooling stations will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Locations at 24th and Pratt streets, 36th and Cuming streets, and 61st Street and Northwest Radial Highway run will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Council Bluffs Salvation Army Corps will operate theirs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.