Keeping Cool in the Heat

By: Fida Georges Email
By: Fida Georges Email

If you think the heat just has you sweating, think again.

This week's record high heat-index creates a trickling effect around the area.

On the morning of Aug. 7, Warren Rural Electric sustained a power failure that affected several hundred customers on the east and
south-side of Bowling Green.

Although power has since been restored, Gary Dillard, Vice-President of Warren County Rural Electric, said equipment failure was heat related.

"We're adding in wires and a lot of mechanical devices, and with the heat they stretch. When things start stretching some strange things start going on with physics," Dillard said.

BGMU said they're taking precautions to avoid having to enforce water restrictions and power outages.

"We're experiencing 202 mega-watts for commercial and residential customers using cooling systems with these hot days we're experiencing," said Miles McDaniel, Marketing Manager for BGMU.

Schools aren't taking any chances either. Rockfield Elementary Principal Damon Tabor has hall monitors tracking the temperature, humidity and the heat-index.

"I upgrade that ever 30 to 45-minutes. That determines the amount of time we spend on the playground. Now it's extreme caution so they can't stay any longer than 10-minutes," Tabor explained.

Warren County School District is going so far as distributing bottled water to all schools to students riding buses.

At Moss Middle, bottles are given to students 30-minutes prior to dismissal to ensure proper hydration on the trip back home.

Eighth Grader Wes Clark isn't complaining.

"I'm gonna need it. It's supposed to be 100-degrees, so we'll need water to keep us cool," he said.

And keeping cool is the goal for all South-Central Kentuckians.

Bowling Green and Warren County have declared a Water Shortage Alert currently in effect. To view limitations on water usage, click here.


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