Triple-digit temperatures over the weekend led to 21 calls for emergency medical assistance in Barrow County — most of them at the annual Fourth of July Festival in Auburn. “We had 21 heat-related calls, with the majority of them being in Auburn, due to the festival,” said Lt. Scott Dakin, spokesman for Barrow County Emergency Services. “The City of Auburn did a great job of taking steps to help prevent issues, such as having a misting tent and water available for everyone as well as delaying the festival on Sunday. However, there were, unfortunately, incidents.” Temperatures in Barrow County hit 105 degrees on Friday, 104 on Saturday, and 106 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. A high of 109 degrees on Friday in Athens broke a record established more than a century ago in 1893.
For the full story, see the July 4 issue of the Barrow Journal.