Bacteria closes beaches as temperatures soar

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Due to elevated and unsafe E. coli levels, the water will be closed today at four Evanston beaches -- at Lee, Greenwood, Clark and Lincoln streets. The sand will remain open.

Beaches where the water will remain open include Lighthouse and South Boulevard.

With a heat advisory in effect through Sunday, the City of Evanston is reminding residents that several city buildings will be available as cooling centers during their operating hours.

  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.  7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday
  • Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday
  • North Branch Library, 2026 Central St. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday
  • Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Steps that residents can take to prevent heat-related illnesses include:

  • Drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and high salt intake
  • Stay in cool, shaded areas while outdoors, and keep the blinds drawn or lights down indoors
  • Use air conditioners or fans; avoid excessive exposure to heat in unventilated areas
  • Reduce physical activity
  • Take cool baths or showers, and use cool towels
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing and a breathable hat
  • Eat light meals; avoid eating heavy meals and using the oven
  • Do not leave people or pets alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes

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