Salvation Army community cooling center open overnight

Due to the heat wave hitting western Wisconsin, the La Crosse Salvation Army’s gym will now be available overnight.

The cooling center, 223 N. 8th Street in La Crosse, is open during the day until 6 p.m. If you would like to stay overnight at the cooling center, it will available from Thursday, July 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, July 19.

La Crosse County Emergency Management says if you are going to stay at the Salvation Army, you are expected to bring bedding and personal medications. No pets are allowed. All visitors will be screened with a breathalyzer test.

“Peole don’t need to be out in this kind of heat dragging around the community, come on in, sit down, enjoy some cool temperatures and you know relax, read a book, read a magazine, play some cards, a board game like that but come on in, take care of your health and get out of the heat,” said Julie Nelson of the Salvation Army.

La Crosse County Emergency Management says warning signs of heat-related illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting.

For more information about extreme heat, visit the CDC’s website or contact your comminity resource line by calling 211.