Area continues to receive blast of heat during wave

One of the biggest heat waves of the year has arrived in late August and area people are trying all sorts of tactics to beat the heat, especially since the Marshalltown Family Aquatic Center is closed for the season.

Marshalltown mother Kayla Walters brought out all the stops for her children Monday afternoon.

“We’ve got water guns, an inflatable pool and sprinklers,” Walters said. “Anything that involves water to keep them cool and hydrated.”

Her sons Kyle, 7, and Alex, 5, were definitely enjoying the water guns.

Kim Elder, director of Marshall County Emergency Management, said her office has been trying to get the word out for places to keep cool. She said people can seek air conditioning at the Marshall Town Center, libraries, city halls, YMCA and the Salvation Army.

“The big thing is to look out for each other and make sure people have places to cool off,” Elder said. “This is a little bit later of a hit than we usually have.”

Several area school dismissed students early Monday. The Marshalltown Community School District dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Monday and is expected to dismiss at the same time today due to the heat.

MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay walked around the several classrooms checking temperatures Monday morning. Several interior rooms were more than 80 degrees at 9:40 a.m. with the temperatures in those rooms expected to climb during the day.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these rooms were well over 90 degrees by this afternoon,” Phomvisay said.

He agreed with the early dismissal call by the district.

“It’s the right thing to do for the students’ health and safety,” Phomvisay said.

Phomvisay encourages students to bring their own bottles with water to help them cope with the heat.