If you see a lifeguard enjoying a ride down one of the water slides or taking a dip in a wave pool at Six Flags – it’s just part of staying safe on the job.
Lifeguards at the Hurricane Harbor water park at Great America switch positions every 15 or 30 minutes, said Aaron Morrison, 24, of Gurnee, an aquatics supervisor for the park. While switching, they’re encouraged to take the wettest route possible.
“We tell them to cut through the water, walk through the water, get in the water whenever they can,” he said.
Chicago officials called out to make well-being check
3:55 p.m. July 20, 2011
Chicago officials have been called on to make more well-being checks today, but the number of request for placement in shelters and reports of open hydrants are down from earlier in the week.
As of just before 4 p.m., the city has been asked to make 96 well-being checks today, up from 51 on Tuesday and 62 on Monday, said Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
On Tuesday, there were 1,058 calls regarding open fire hydrants in the city, more than the 743 on Monday, Drew said. Today, there had been only 312 by a little before 4 p.m. There had been 22 requests for shelters today, with 57 on Tuesday and 75 on Monday, Drew said.
6,000 without power, including some stores on Mag Mile
3:04 p.m. July 20, 2011
Commonwealth Edison says about 6,000 customers were without power as of 2:30 p.m., most of them from this morning's thunderstorms and the aftereffects of last week's storms.
On Chicago's Near North Side, an equipment-related outage that appears not to be related to the heat was affecting about 500 customers, with about 50 already restored, according to ComEd.
The outage hit an area from Michigan Avenue to Chestnut and Illinois Streets, and from Dearborn Street to Lake Shore Drive, according to ComEd.
In all, about 2,000 customers were without power in Chicago, 1,500 in the south suburbs, and 1,000 each in the north and west suburbs.
Soaring heat moves football camp indoors
1:06 p.m. July 20, 2011
Energy-zapping heat caused the organizers of the Chicago Bears Football camp at Elmhurst College to move campers inside to do their drills Wednesday.
The young players trooped out of Langhorst Stadium at roughly 11 a.m. and carried their gear to a gymnasium where they planned to eat lunch and then continue their workout inside.
“It was rough,” said camp director Jason Hendry. “We were able to manage. We had a hose out there to spray the kids and took a lot of water breaks.”
Not even a light breeze nor a cold splash of water, however, was enough to completely mitigate the effects of high humidity and the sun that beat mercilessly down on the turf.