High temps cause heat exhaustion, road buckles

By Zakk Gammon - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Anyone who has stepped outside in the last couple weeks knows how unbearable the heat can be.

Thousands felt the sweltering heat at this weekend's Air Show at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. As of 3:00 p.m. Sunday, two people had to be transported off site to be treated for heat related issues. Officials also reported 75 other minor heat issues; those were treated on site.

Many took advantage of cooling areas inside the terminal.

On Sunday afternoon, Cape Girardeau Public Works officials responded to the corner of William and Broadview Streets for a road buckling, also likely from the heat. The Heartland News photographer on the scene said a large portion of the road had buckled, causing some minor traffic problems.

People are, of course, reminded to take precautions in this type of weather. Health officials recommend doing limited physical activities during the hottest part of the day, saving yard work and other tasks for early morning or late in the afternoon, when the sun's rays aren't as hot.

The Salvation Army is stepping up to help out with the heat. Starting Monday, people 60 and over in Cape Girardeau, with a doctor's referral, can come in and apply to receive a free air conditioner or box fan.

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