Emergency cooling centers open to combat heat wave

Due to the region's excessive heat, senior centers and other facilities in Pierce County are inviting people to stop by...

Due to the region’s excessive heat, senior centers and other facilities in Pierce County are inviting people to stop by and cool off.

With temperatures expected to exceed 95 degrees in some places, these air-conditioned facilities can be valuable respites from the heat.

Citizens are also encouraged to take advantage of cooler air in other public buildings such as movie theaters, malls, and stores which have air conditioning.

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to utilize these cooling centers.

The following are the locations and times the facilities will be open today (No food and beverages will be provided):

— Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

— Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 700 Skanski Ave NW, Gig Harbor, Noon to 8 p.m.

— Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E., noon to 6 p.m.

— Eatonville City Hall, 201 Center St. W., noon to 6 p.m.

— Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, noon to 8 p.m.

— Lakewood City Hall council chambers, 6000 Main St. SW, noon to 6 p.m.

— Milton Senior Center, 1000 Laurel, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

— Orting Senior Center, 20 N. Washington, noon to 8 p.m.

— Salvation Army Puyallup/South Hill Senior Center, 4009 9th St. SW, 8
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

— Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St., noon to 8 p.m.

— Sumner Multi-Purpose Center, 15506 62nd E., noon to 8 p.m.

— University Place Senior/Community Center, 2534 Grandview Drive, noon to 8 p.m.

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