City endures heat wave
While temperatures didn't get quite as high as some predicted, Wilsonville experienced blistering heat last week, hitting a high of 101 degrees on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 106 degrees on Wednesday, Aug. 2 and 104 degrees on Thursday, Aug. 3.
The Wilsonville Library and SMART Transit Center both served as cooling centers throughout the week, with the library extending its hours to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. SMART, meanwhile, had a "cooling" bus in operation with air conditioning and cold water available for riders from 1-6:30 p.m. Aug. 1-4.
Wilsonville Library Director Pat Duke said the library played movies for families throughout the week and
saw large crowds right up un-
til the library closed most nights.
"We were pretty busy during the hottest days and typically saw about 30-40 people hanging out throughout the building. We extended our hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday night and we saw a good number of people take advantage of that. There's a lot of people without (air conditioning) so we typically see a good number of people when it gets hot."
Effects of the heat were exacerbated in Wilsonville's west and southern sections Tuesday, Aug. 1, when 2,923 people lost power starting at 3:16 p.m. Traffic signals were also out on Wilsonville Road at the intersections of Kinsman, Montebello and Brown roads, and power wasn't fully restored until 6:51 p.m. according to PGE officials.
The high temperatures also forced the cancellation of a handful of Parks and Recreation programs throughout the week, but dozens of community members could be found at the city's spray parks, particularly at Murase Park and Town Center Park.
"We definitely saw an increase in usage at our
spray parks, but I did notice it taper off towards 2 or 3 p.m. when it started to get really hot," said Administrative Assistant Ahsamon Ante-Marandi.
The heat is expected to continue through the end of the week, with projected high temperatures of 99 degrees on Wednesday, 96 degrees on Thursday and 92 degrees on Friday, Aug. 11. For updates about cooling centers and any weather warnings go to ci.wilsonville.or.us.