Heat wave creates Wilbur County crisis

by Howard Apple­gate
    Extreme heat hit­ting Wilbur Coun­ty this week threat­ened to with­er the hon­ey­dew crop and put a strain on water sup­plies. Fri­days high reg­is­tered a July record 104 degrees in down­town Ger­maine, and it is expect­ed that the tem­per­a­ture will stay in the high 90s for a few more days.
    Arnette Wil­son, who just had a swamp cool­er installed by her son, said, “It’s just in the nick of time. I don’t know what I would have done if Tom­my hadn’t got it in.”
    The sev­en­ty year old grand­moth­er moved to town less than a year ago from Winslow, Ari­zona. “I left Win­low because I couldn’t stand the heat no more,” she said. “Now look what I got myself into.”
    She laughed at her predica­ment, but the sit­u­a­tion is not humor­ous, espe­cial­ly for the elder­ly, who are vul­ner­a­ble to the extreme heat. Every­one is urged to stay in a cool place until the hot weath­er pass­es.

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