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Troy Council Chambers to open as cooling center

Troy will open the City Council Chamber for the next 48-hours to serve as a cooling center due to forecasts of extreme heat for the area.

The council chamber is located in the Troy Municipal Building at 116 E Market Street. The cooling center is open to anyone who needs a place to escape the heat. Police ask only that users check in at the dispatch center next to the council chamber.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 10 a.m. today until 7 p.m. Friday for all of Madison County, Ill. Heat indexes in some areas could climb to 109-degrees. The temperatures combined with high humidity could cause heat illness, the NWS advised.

The NWS says to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1.

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