Record Breaking Heat Forces Many to Take Shelter

By Chris Eidson

Published 08/24 2014 09:15PM

Updated 08/24 2014 09:17PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The heat in Springfield broke records over the weekend.

The area experienced three days of 100-plus degree temps.

"Even 30 minutes out of the sun and getting a glass of water can make a huge difference in somebody's health," Salvation Army's Development Director Mandy Long said.

The Salvation Army provided a place for anyone to escape the heat.

"Any time there's a heat advisory or excessive heat warning is when we activate our cooling center which means we operate 24 hours a day,' she said.

Their doors opened Friday and won't close until Monday night at the earliest.

"To have this available to our community is so important because a lot of people don't have any other place to go," she said.

So far five people have used the center during this heat wave.

"Even the few people that have dropped in its more than worth it because they could have been saved from heat stroke," Long said.

The heat caused some to head to the emergency room.

CoxHealth reports the weather sent three people went to the ER.

Over at Mercy Hospital, two have been treated for heat related illnesses.

And the day-centers were packed with the homeless community escaping the temps and hoping for a break from this summer heat.

The NWS Heat Advisory is now in effect until Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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