New heat record set in Troutdale
Troutdale shattered a weather record on Thursday, as the heat beat down all across East Multnomah County.
Temperatures topped out at 104 degrees fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service, besting the previous high for August 3 set in 1952.
But while citizens certainly sweated, local hospitals report no uptick in cases of heat stroke, exhaustion or breathing problems caused by smog.
"We sort of see a smattering of everything every day," said Legacy Mount Hood's Julie Reed, relaying reports from the hospital's emergency room. "There have been some respiratory (cases), but nothing that's out of the ordinary."
While the mercury is expected to drop, cooling centers operated by Multnomah County will remain open — including the area's busiest shelter — located in the East County Health Center at 600 N.E. 8th Street in Gresham.
"The county's policy is to keep cooling centers open if temperatures are 95 (degrees) or higher for three consecutive days… or 90 degrees or higher for five consecutive days," explained Human Services spokeswoman Jaquetta White in a phone interview.
At least 87 people kept cool at that center from Tuesday, August 1 through Thursday, August 3, including eight children. Seven dogs were also said to be on site.
"We may see some drop off as we're no longer in the triple digits, but we'll continue to be open as long as temperatures persist," White commented.
For an updated list of cooling centers, dial 2-1-1 or visit 211info.org/emergency.
Garbage pick-up was moved up across the metro region, with some service providers beginning their hauls as early as 4 a.m. Waste Management, one of the largest companies, is reportedly extending that policy through Monday, August 14.
"To be safe, residents should continue putting out their trash/recycling the night before," noted Elizabeth Coffey, a spokeswoman for Gresham.
Summer Kids in the Park (SKIP) was temporarily canceled because of extreme highs and poor air quality, but is scheduled to return to normal programming on Monday, August 7.