With soaring heat, Lexington opening cooling shelters

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) –  With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, and the heat index well over 95 degrees these next few days, multiple cooling centers will remain open in Lexington.

Residents are invited to come to any of the three locations to cool off. Remember to wear a mask or face covering to the locations and maintain physical distancing from others.

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The Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Monday and Tuesday.

Rooms at the Picadome Golf Clubhouse, at 469 Parkway Drive, and Tates Creek Golf Course, at 1400 Gainesway Drive, will be open from 7 a.m. to dark, Monday and Tuesday as well.

The Nathaniel Mission, Lexington Rescue Mission and Lighthouse Ministries will also be open on Monday, July 20, as cooling shelters.

Lextran is offering free rides to Lexington residents who need a ride to any of the cooling centers. Residents should tell the bus driver they are traveling to a cooling center.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Weather Plan has been activated due to the extreme heat warning. This plan will remain in effect through Tuesday, July 21. The plan is activated anytime temperature highs are expected to exceed 95 degrees and relaxes access to emergency shelters. Anyone wishing to report someone who may need a ride to shelter can call or text the Catholic Action Center’s WeatherLine at (859) 913-0038. Messages are received and followed up but not always returned.

For more information concerning high temperatures, visit lexingtonky.gov/heat and BeReadyLexington.com.

Preparedness information is also available via the Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page at @LexingtonKYEM and the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account at @Lexkyem.