Temperatures in Creston are expected to reach 102 degrees today with heat index values reaching 105 to 110 degrees across Iowa. Cooling shelters are available in Creston at city hall and the courthouse during regular business hours. The First Christian Church is open from noon to 4 p.m. Union County Emergency Management Director Jo Anne Duckworth said arrangements can be made to extend the shelter hours at city hall if necessary.
In Afton, the community center is open, but anyone seeking shelter will need to get the key from Afton City Hall. The community center in Lorimor and the Methodist church in Arispe are also open for cooling shelters.
Duckworth said to check on neighbors, especially elderly or any with young children and pets. She added to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks if work requires you to be outside and if you stop sweating or feel nausea, stop and rest. For any questions regarding cooling shelters call 641-782-1622.
The 2014 Farmers' Almanac is predicting a cold and wet winter, calling for "piercing cold with normal snowfall" in Iowa and neighboring Midwest states. The 197-year-old publication came out Monday, calling for colder-than-normal weather across a majority of the country.
It also predicts a major winter storm striking the Northeast at the same time as the Super Bowl. Last year, the almanac was only "a couple days off" on the February blizzard that buried the Northeast with more than 3 feet of snow.
County supervisors highlights
Union County Engineer Steve Akes reported Monday at a Union County Board of Supervisors meeting that mowers are halfway through the second pass around the county. Akes said they will make one more pass along major roads before the end of the mowing season.
Akes also asked for a new equipment budget for the fiscal year 2014. He presented six different suggestions to the county supervisors. Union County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Riley asked for more information on an option that would buy a new CAT motor grader, replace two snow plows and make the regular annual payment on JD772. The new budget is estimated to cost $214,500 to $228,500.
Supervisors also asked for more information to make repairs to cracks in the Rea Road and Creamery Road.
Because of next Monday being Labor Day, the board of supervisors will meet Sept. 4 at 9 a.m.