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Here are the cooling centers open in the metro

Several locations are helping those who have lost electricity following the derecho.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A number of communities in central Iowa are offering cooling centers to residents who have lost power after powerful storms rolled through on Monday


Officials in Ames have opened two cooling centers at the community center and Ames Public Library. 

Here are the hours at the community center, 515 Clark Ave.: 

  • Friday, August 14: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 15: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 16: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Here are the hours at the public library, 515 Douglas Ave.: 

  • Friday, August 14: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 15: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 16: 1-5 p.m.

The city said masks and social distancing are required. 

Des Moines

The city announced they're opening two cooling centers Friday and Saturday. 

The centers will be in the meeting room wings of Central Library and East Side Library from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., they said. 

WiFi will be available, but officials said there won't be access to computer because of closures related to COVID-19.

Central Library is located at 1000 Grand Ave. East Side Library is at 2559 Hubbell Ave.


if you're without power in Urbandale, the city has two cooling centers for you. 

The first is the public library on 86th Street and the second is the Giovannetti community shelter on Douglas Avenue. 

The city says masks are required.

If you don't have, they'll give one to you. 

Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street.

  • Thursday, August 13: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, August 14: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 15: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (if needed)

Giovannetti Community Shelter, 9000 Douglas Ave.

  • Thursday, August 13: 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 14: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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