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County under excessive heat warning, cooling shelters open

July 6, 2012

Volunteers help distribute ice at the Vinton County Middle School Thursday. (Photos by Paul McManis)

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Vinton County from noon to 8 p.m. today. An excessive heat watch is in effect for most of Saturday afternoon, as well.

Heat index values of 105 or higher are expected as temperatures reach 100 degrees.

Cooling stations will be open at the Vinton County Middle School at 10 a.m. today, and at the Wilkesville Community Center at noon today.

Free ice and water will be available at the Vinton County Middle School starting at 10 a.m. The line forms in the high school parking lot.

A truck arrived Thursday night with 18 pallets of ice from Queen City Ice. Each pallet contains 66 bags of ice.

There is a limit of one bag of ice and one case of water per household. Multiple families can ride in one vehicle to conserve gas.

Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Gallipolis, was on hand Thursday night to help local and county officials distribute ice to residents.

Hays Woodrum will be giving out free bread, hamburger and hot dogs buns at 9 a.m. today at the 4-H Building at the Vinton County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be open for showers and water from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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