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Shelter open for people to beat the heat

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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –It is dangerously hot outside, and people are doing whatever they can to stay cool.

Some people don't have a lot of options, so the City of Valdosta has opened up a shelter for those in need of a cool place to stay.

Kids splashed around at Saunders Park in Valdosta Friday to get some relief from this sweltering heat.

"It's real hot but this is wet and wild day and I decided to bring the kids to the park," said Ossie Crawford of Tickle Me Pink daycare.

The kids were on a field trip.

"They love it they're having a lot of fun and so am I," said Crawford.

These summer days, we're all trying to stay cool, but some people have no where to go so the City of Valdosta is trying to help.

"For many years, the city has tried to be responsive to the severe heat that we have at certain times of the year and recently we've been experiencing temperatures well above 100 degrees," Larry Hanson, the Valdosta City Manager.

The Mathis City Auditorium is open for people to find some solace from the dangerous temperatures.

When we got to the auditorim around 1:30 Friday no one was taking advantage of it, but city officials want you to know it's available.

"When I'm not working I stay inside in the air as much as I can and every now and then I go to my cousin's pool," said Crawford.

And if you can't go to a pool or find some where air-conditioned, Mathis City Auditorium is the place to be.

Mathis City Auditorium is on Ashley Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the rest of the summer.


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