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Iowa City Opens Warming Centers

   Iowa City's temperatures have now dropped to near-record lows, and people who have to be out in it have been warned to limit their time outdoors, wear several layers of clothing, and cover up as much as possible to avoid frostbite. The combination of cold temperatures and gusty winds means today's wind chills will be around -40 degrees. On Tuesday, wind chill is expected to be about -10 during the day and -30 at night. In these conditions, frostbite can occur in less than 15 minutes. Hypothermia is another risk. The City reminds people who need a short break from the cold to drop by any of the following City facilities on Monday or Tuesday during the hours posted to warm up:

- Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Scanlon / Mercer Recreation Facility: 2701 Bradford Drive. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Public Library, 123 Linn Street. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Senior Center, 28 S. Linn Street. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

   Zion Lutheran Church Senior Pastor Mark Pries has notified the City that the church, located at 310 N. Johnson Street, northeast of Mercy Hospital, will be open the next couple of days to provide shelter for the homeless. Pastor Pries is networking with several other churches in the area, and asks people who need more information to call 319/321-5263.
   Iowa City residents are also reminded that yard waste pick-up, including the Christmas tree recycling program that was supposed to get underway today, have been cancelled for January 6 and 7 to limit the amount of time City crews have to be outside.
   For more information, contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319/356-5058.
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