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Unusual heat wave creates sudden need for cooling centers

Written by on June 25, 2021

This weekend Douglas County will experience an unusual heat wave not common for this time of year. This has created a sudden need for cooling centers around the county.

At the time of publishing there are only a couple of places offering relief from the freak heatwave that begins Friday and will stretch well into the following week with temperatures as high as 113 degrees on Sunday.

Some institutions have stepped and are offering relief. The Roseburg Senior Center will be open Saturday, June 26, through Monday, June 28, during the hours of 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. There is a capacity limit of 50 persons at a time. More information can be found on the Roseburg Senior Center’s Facebook page.

In Green, the Green Community Church on Carnes Road, will open their doors Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 1:00 pm through 8:00 pm and Monday June 27 from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

In Winston, the Foursquare Gospel Center, located at 540 SE Main Street, will open its doors for relief on Sunday, June 27 during the hours of 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. For more information, Foursquare Gospel Center can be reached by phone at 541-679-3108.

For Myrtle Creek residents in need of relief, the Myrtle Creek Library will open Sunday, June 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The library is located at 231 NE Division Street.

In the frenzy of citizens trying to find and share information of possible cooling centers in our area, some outdated information was circulating on social media. In particular, there is a copypasta – a block of text which is copied and pasted across the Internet by individuals through online forums and social networking websites – post circulating social media with an outdated list of cooling centers that aren’t currently offering their campus as a cooling center.

Screenshot of outdated list of cooling centers

Not open as a relief center but open to the public, the Roseburg Library will be open Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Also open, the Splash Pad at Fir Grove Park as a fun and safe way for children to cool off.

Check back throughout the weekend for updates as more cooling centers and relief may become available around Douglas County.

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