Texoma is Beating the Heat with Cooling Centers

Texoma is gearing up to beat the heat one city at a time.

On Wednesday the city of Bowie opened up a cooling center to assist those in the community who need help keeping cool in these dangerous temperatures.

City Officials are saying that right now the cities who do not have cooling centers available, will have them very soon.

Cooling centers are beginning to pop up and are becoming a top priority for some cities around Texoma

Temperatures in the triple digits are leaving Texomans with no other choice but to run AC's all day, and staying cool is getting really expensive.

Bowie's Emergency Management Coordinator, Jim Spink, said "We know we got some folks out here that have been out of work for a while and this community is like all the rest of them.  We have some residents that are on tight budgets and this not only offers them a place to come and cool down, but it can help out on their budget a little bit."

On Wednesday the city of Bowie opened up the cooling center to the community offering them a large air conditioned room with cable T. V., comfortable chairs, and ice cold water.

Bowie's Emergency Management Coordinator said it was his idea to open the cooling center due to the high volume of calls the city has been receiving about the heat.

Clay County's Emergency Management Coordinator, Kent Neville tells Newschannel 6 that Clay County should have some cooling centers opening very soon.

Also, in Wichita Falls, Faith Mission opened it's doors to the community so they can cool off in this heat.

The Bowie cooling center is free and open to everyone.  If the demand gets high city officials say local churches may be used as cooling centers as well.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6