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Wilmington City Cleanup Postponed Because of Heat

Friday, Jul 19, 2013  |  Updated 8:10 PM EDT
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Extreme conditions in Wilmington forced the city to cancel its city-wide cleanup and its afternoon celebration at Rodney Square, but some people are still making the most out of this hot day.

NBC10 - Brittney Shipp

Extreme conditions in Wilmington forced the city to cancel its city-wide cleanup and its afternoon celebration at Rodney Square, but some people are still making the most out of this hot day.

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Wilmington officials have postponed a planned citywide cleanup because of extreme hot weather.

The cleanup event had been planned for noon to 3 p.m. Friday, followed by a celebration in Rodney Square.

But officials said the heat index of 106 degrees early Friday afternoon exceeded the 105 degree threshold for ceasing outside activities. For city workers, that means no outdoors manual labor like grass cutting, digging, or sanitation duties except in emergency situations.

"Whenever the outdoor temperature and the outdoor relative humidity reach an index of 97 degrees or more all employees will be removed from their outdoor duties and other arrangements will be made for the remainder of their shift," said Jacqueline Jenkins, Director of the Human Resources Department.

Officials said Friday's planned event will be rescheduled for some time within the next few weeks.
 

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