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Published on July 10, 2024
UPDATE: Houston Activates Cooling Centers to Counter Post-Hurricane Beryl Heatwave, Lakewood Church Joins Relief EffortsSource: Google Street View

As Houston battles the sweltering aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, the city has launched a network of cooling centers to aid residents enduring the heat without power. According to the Houston Chronicle, the city's Office of Emergency Management announced that multiple centers and shelters will be available today, offering places to cool down in addition to services such as food, water, and power charging stations.

Amid nearly 2 million people left without electricity, the struggle to stay cool under the high temperatures intensifies, forcing them to seek refuge in spots around the city. The Southwest Multi-Service Center at 6400 High Star Dr., Houston, Texas is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., reported the Houston Chronicle. Trini Mendenhall Community Center and Crosby Community Center are additional options outlined by local officials. According to a post shared by Precinct 4 Commissioner Lesley Briones, the centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for residents in need.

Lakewood Church has stepped up to assist in the relief efforts, functioning as both a cooling center and a water distribution hub. With their doors open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the church provides not only a cooler space but also a relief team actively engaged in the cleanup and distribution of essential supplies. This effort is part of the broader initiative to provide comfort and aid to those affected by Tropical Storm Beryl, as detailed in a report by Hoodline.

Moreover, Judge Mark Keough from Montgomery County has revealed that additional shelters are operational, with more potentially on the way, offering further assistance as the recovery from the tropical storm's damages gets underway. Serving as both a respite from the scorching heat, these shelters are equipped to provide various forms of support needed, continuing to highlight the palpable necessity for such centers during this time of distress. For a comprehensive directory of available cooling centers, as well as information about their exact locations and offered services, residents can reference the Hoodline and Houston Chronicle websites.