Stuck in the Heat: Workers, Scouts Coping

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

There are some days and some jobs that just don't mix.

"(You've) just got to go slow. Have the guys take it easy. Only do so much on a day like this," construction worker Pat Bishop said.

Bishop is working on the sewer construction project at Pennsylvania and Michigan Avenues in Lansing. When it's this hot, crews can usually leave a bit early.

"Except, this intersection we have to have done on a time schedule," Bishop explained.

So the workers have to keep at it amid the hottest temperatures of the year. But they're getting some relief courtesy of City Hall.

"They brought us out a big cooler of Gatorade. That was nice. They told us to stay cool, but it's hard to do on this day," Bishop said.

Workers say these temperatures, though uncomfortable, are only a little bit hotter than what they're used to. And they have at least one way to cope with it.

"That's the whole thing: Hydration. You have to keep water in you," Bishop said.

The water's also flowing in East Lansing.

"I know it's summer but I didn't expect it to be like this. This is Atlanta summer weather," Boy Scout Zach Aab told News 10.

Aab is at Michigan State University for the scouts' National Order of the Arrow Conference, where we found water bottles were just about as common as those trademark uniforms and all the patches.

"There's water coolers all over the place," Aab said.

Water, ice stations and a medical team -- all to keep scouts healthy through the outdoor activites. Air-conditioned indoor shows and
leadership traning are also part of the schedule. But when the scouts head home for the night, they're heading for un-air-conditioned dorms.

Some scouts picked up portable fans for relief. Others say, their rooms are still toasty.

"It's like a broiler. You know a walk-in freezer? You have a walk-in oven now," Aab said.

The scouts will be in town until Thursday. Their question is: When will the extreme heat end?


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