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Community Action Partnership flooded with calls after Fox 41 report

A Louisville agency that was having trouble giving away fans was getting flooded with calls Thursday after our report aired Wednesday night.

The Community Action Partnership had a room full of free fans and air conditioners Wednesday, but the agency could soon have a very different problem on its hands: keeping up with demand!

Andrew Bales of the Community Action Partnership says, "Normally we might get two or three calls a day."  The partnership's summer heat relief program got off to a slow start this year.  Bates says, "We were a little concerned that the word wasn't getting out."

But Bates says that changed Thursday morning:  "For us to get over twenty calls in two hours is definitely unprecedented."

Since our story aired Wednesday night about the lack of people applying for help, the agency has been busy.  People such as Mary Surrell are the cause.  She has fans, but when it's this hot outside, they do very little to cool her home.  "Aint nothing like an air conditioner," she says.

Alisha Sarver is also applying for assistance:  "It has been real warm."  The heat and humidity have been smothering Kentuckiana this week.  Sarver says, "Well, I'm staying at my sister's house, so she does have air."  The heat also temporarily forced Sarver out of her home because she doesn't have an air conditioner or fan.

Andrew Bates says, "We're doing everything we can to try and get fans and air conditioners to the most vulnerable."  He says that's extremely important because this heat can be dangerous:  "Certainly in the summertime for people who have got fragile health, if there's a heat wave it can really impact their health and really be deadly."

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