July 7, 2014

Heat rises after festive fourth

— As the summer progresses into July, the temperatures have climbed into the triple digits.

The heat index for July 7-11 is 100 to 105 degrees, Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Management Director said at the Grady County Commissioners meeting.

There was a heat advisory on Monday, which could be a trend this week. Residents are advised to be cautious when outdoors.

Along with a sulfurous scent, the Fourth of July usually leaves in its wake several reports of fire due to firecracker mishaps.

While there were a few calls due to the holiday hazard, there were not as many as in past years, Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Management Director, said.

This is likely due to the recent rain which has put some moisture back in the soil and allowed the grass to green back up, Thompson said. The drought monitor has moved most of the county back up to "abnormally dry" from the "severe" category, Thompson said.

There were a few fires due to control burns getting out of control, a lawnmower accident, some grass fires and a structure fire that took a family's home in Alex. The cause of the latter has yet to be determined at the time of this report.

Those who want to participate in the safe room program should attend one of the two meetings this Friday, July 11 at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in Room B. The public meeting will take place at noon and again at 7 p.m. It is only necessary to attend one meeting. The program may have enough funds for as many as 25 storm shelters.

Thompson reported that there has been some confusion about the rebate. Thompson clarified that shelters are only eligible for rebate if they receive an award letter before the shelter is built. A resident cannot receive a rebate for a shelter built before they receive the award letter, just as was the case with the federal safe room project in recent years.

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