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Milwaukee Co. Courthouse workers deal with lack of air conditioning

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - It’s way too hot in many Wisconsin buildings – including the Milwaukee County Courthouse, which cannot use all of its air conditioning due to the recent electrical fire.

Wednesday, a sheriff’s deputy in a courtroom went to a doctor after feeling faint. Another deputy on security detail asked to be relieved for a short time, so he could get water to cool down.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said deputies must still wear their bulletproof vests and other gear in the heat.

Clerk of Court John Barrett said two of his staffers soaked their feet in ice water while they worked.

By Wednesday afternoon, officials said more air conditioning was able to be provided. The courthouse and its adjoining safety building have been using portable generators while repairs continue from the electrical fire.

Elsewhere, a number of Wisconsin hospitals report at least some heat-related illnesses. Many were for dehydration and dizziness.

The heat wave is expected to continue for one more day in northwest Wisconsin, and two more days in the rest of the state with highs in the 90’s and heat indices of up to 105. 

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