Historic heat wave hits many across the nation hard

Historic heat wave hits nation hard

Extreme temperatures are making this summer one of the hottest on record throughout much of the U.S., and many are feeling the strain.

Lucy Harris is mourning the loss of her Dallas neighbor, 79-year-old Dolores Grissom.

The medical examiner says Grissom died from the heat, but Harris blames the person who stole her friend's air conditioning unit.

Grissom reported the unit was stolen. She died at home two days later.

"They caused her to die," Harris said. "They should be in prison."

In Oklahoma, the heat wave has led to a record-breaking demand for electricity. An emergency request from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma asked residents to conserve power or thousands could face blackouts.

"We can turn down our AC a little bit and turn the fans on," said Josh Peak, a Tulsa resident. "I don't look forward to doing that, but if that's what they're saying we have to do, we're going to have to conserve in certain areas."

The Oaks Indian Mission, a Lutheran Ministry east of Tulsa, has been without water for weeks due to a drought. Residents have two hours each evening to schedule showers, and wash laundry and dishes.

"It's sometimes a scheduling nightmare because everybody in each house has to be able to get in and out of the shower quick," said David Schachle, an Oaks resident.

The Cherokee Nation has stepped in to help the mission by building a mile-long pipeline to supply fresh water. The pipe is slated to be done by next week.

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