Assisted Living Residents Deal with Heat Wave

July 9, 2008 7:11:03 PM PDT
With temperatures predicted to hit 112 sweltering degrees today the city of Fresno moved about 150 residents of the old Californian Hotel to the Ted C. Wills Community Center Wednesday morning.Randy Cooper, Fresno's Parks and Recreation Director said, "So we got our center together, chairs and cots to accommodate the folks from the hotel.

Those that stayed behind at the Californian Assisted Living Facility benefited from a kind stranger from a disaster clean up company who donated 65 fans for residents.

Brian McGrath with Service Master said, "I saw it on the news this morning and what better way to help out than donate some fans for a couple days."

One of the center's 80 ton air conditioning compressors broke down yesterday leaving residents in rooms that at one point hit nearly 100 degrees.

Ken Shockley with the Fresno Fire Department said, "The new compressor is in route should be here tomorrow morning, closing street down so they can use a crane to install on roof as quickly as possible."

In other parts of Fresno, there was some confusion about the city's heat emergency plan. The city's call center has gotten several calls from people wanting to know the difference between phase one and phase two. At 105 degrees, or phase one, the city's cooling centers open. At 110 degrees, or phase two, city pools are free.

Jessica Buenrostro, a city call center representative, said "People call about the times, what pools are free. A lot of people don't have transportation so getting to and from that cooling center is hard. They also want to know if the FAX buses are going to provide free transportation."

So Fresno's City Manager is working on a new system with one temperature that will open the cooling centers and the pools for free. The announcement is expected Thursday or Friday. In the meantime, if you need information about the cooling centers and a free bus ride there, call 621-city.
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