Overnight cooling center to open at La Crosse Salvation Army

LA CROSSE, Wis. — With the heat index over 100 degrees and little relief in sight, La Crosse County is partnering with the Salvation Army to open an overnight cooling center for people to beat the heat.

The Salvation Army shelter at 223 North 8th Street in La Crosse will be open from 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and will be available until 7:00 a.m. the following day.

Cots will be provided, but visitors must bring their own linens. No pets are allowed, and visitors will be given breathalyzers in accordance with the Salvation Army’s ‘no alcohol’ policy. Also, no meals will be served during the evening and overnight hours.

The Salvation Army and Hmong Cultural and Community Center (1815 Ward Ave.) are also available during daytime hours for those looking for a cool place.

The La Crosse area is under an Excessive Heat Warning through Friday, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90’s and heat indices above 100 degrees.

Click here for a list of cooling centers statewide.