The following is information from officials in Etowah County regarding the warm weather we'll be seeing through the weekend:
We will feel the heat in Etowah County beginning this weekend through next Tuesday. According to a briefing with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, heat indices expected in our area will be over 100 degrees for a period of several days. "Heat index" is what it feels like outside. Due to the extreme heat index, the Gadsden/Etowah Emergency Management Agency wanted to remind the community of areas available to seek refuge from the heat.
Following are the normal operating days and times for air-conditioned public places that will be open:
• Gadsden Public Library located a 254 College Street.
Operating hours are from 9 am until 5 pm Friday and Saturday. Contact: 256-549-4699.
• The Salvation Army Shelter: Located at 114 N.11th Street.
The shelter is open from 5 pm to 7 am. Contact: 256-546-4673
The following City of Gadsden Community Centers will be open normal hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• East Gadsden Community Center 921 Wilson St., Contact: 256-549-4673
• Carver Community Center 1030 Tuscaloosa Avenue, Contact: 256-549-4667
The need for additional centers will be evaluated as conditions warrant.