GENEVA – Due to the extreme heat in the forecast, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will begin collecting garbage in Geneva and recycling 30 minutes earlier than normal July 18 and 19, officials announced in a news release.
Refuse drivers normally start their routes at 7 a.m., but the city has granted permission to begin at 6:30 a.m. the next two days to help drivers avoid the brunt of hot weather.
Geneva residents are encouraged to put their garbage and recycling out this evening to accommodate the schedule change.
Geneva's cooling centers will be open July 18-20 to give residents and visitors a break from the heat, but none of the locations can provide overnight accommodations.
Cooling centers are:
• Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St.
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
• Geneva Public Works Facility
1800 South St.from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday
• Geneva Fire Department Headquarters 200 East Side Drive, open 24 hours but no sleeping facilities
• Geneva Police Department, 20 Police Plaza, open 24 hours but no sleeping facilities
• Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., hour are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
The National Weather Service has upgraded the upcoming forecast to an Excessive Heat Warning for noon on July 18 to 7 p.m. on July 20.
High temperatures will peak well into the 90s each day with Friday and Saturday potentially in the upper 90s to near 100 degrees.
Adding humidity to the equation will make high temperatures feel like 104 to 114 degrees each afternoon.
The cumulative effects of the weather could lead to heat-related illnesses with prolonged exposure.
People should plan ahead to have a cool place to shelter from the heat and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the warmest times of the day.
A list of important weather-related safety tips has been posted to the city website's Alert Center at www.geneva.il.us.