COOLING SHELTER: Overnight Access Extended

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A Des Moines overnight cooling shelter will remain open Wednesday and Thursday night.

The Polk County Health Department says because of prolonged extreme heat, the shelter at Zion Lutheran Church will remain open for the next two nights.

The shelter opens its doors at 8:00 p.m. and closes at 8:00 a.m. No one will be admitted after 11:00 p.m.

Cots, blankets, pillows, water, and food will be provided.

DART is offering free rides to the overnight cooling shelter, just tell the bus driver that is your destination. Free rides from the shelter the following day will also be available.

The Polk County Health Department says eight people stayed at the shelter Monday night and 14 people stayed there Tuesday night.

Pets are not allowed at the shelter but you can call 211 to make arrangements for care for your pet if you need to go to the shelter.

There are also several other cooling centers across Polk County that are open during the day.