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Staying Away From the Heat at a Lynchburg Cooling Center

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Reporter: Melinda Zosh

Lynchburg, VA - The heat is a big concern for many in our area Saturday. For thousands without power, and that means no air conditioning.

Many sought shelter outside their homes. Several cooling centers opened up in the area Saturday. It's because people say the heat has been unbearable since losing electricity Friday night. 

Christopher Overy didn't get much sleep last night.

"We saw sparks, the powerline fell and out went the electricity," said Overy.

Overy headed to Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) Saturday morning. It's one of several cooling centers in Lynchburg.

"So we are prepared for folks who need to get out of the heat to come in," said Mike Tilley, TRBC communications director.

Heritage High School was also set up. Volunteers from the Red Cross and Lynchburg Social Services were on board.

"The elderly, the young children or anyone with any breathing disabilities to come in and get cool," said Wendy Clark, chief of Eligibility at Lynchburg Social Services.

The center is open until 8 p.m. Saturday. Organizers are considering reopening it Sunday as well.

"At night, the temperatures go down, that's what we're relying on," said Beverly Gaydas, Disaster Services Manager, American Red Cross.

Overy says he plans on staying at TRBC for as long as he can.

"Not knowing how long it's going to take the electricity to put back on, if it takes days, it could mean death for some," said Overy.

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