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Sioux City skywalks feel like a sauna

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Whether it's the winter wind or the summer sun, many people use the Sioux City skywalks to get out of the elements.

KTIV recently received some complaints about the temperature inside.  So,we decided to check it out.

The Sioux City skywalks have gotten a little steam lately.

"There are two areas that are really really warm," walker Marilyn Farrer pointed out.

Ninety-percent windows, the heat is beating in.

"It's warm in the summertime.," said Beth Lamb, State Director for the Child Evangelism Fellowship.

"It seems really hot in here.  Like, it doesn't have any air, added Alona Juarez, who says she uses the system twice a week.

Jaurez is right.  Parts of the skywalk don't  have air conditioning.

"We've got probably approximately. seven skywalk air conditioning units down," said Sioux City's Skywalk Operations Manager, Monette Harbeck.

There are a total of 35 units in the skywalk.  The city says, three were struck by lightening.  The rest are undergoing emergency repairs.  The city hopes to have all of the units working again in three weeks.

"We are working on it.  It's not something that is being neglected.  Just the wheels of government sometimes have to work through processes and that's what we're trying to do," Harbeck explained.

In the meantime, many are choosing to walk outside instead.

"You're sweating the same as if you were outside," Juarez pointed out.

While not everyone is feeling the love for the Sioux City skywalks these days, some people don't mind.  The skywalks serve as a warm reprieve for chilly officer workers.  Beth Lamb actually leaves her door open.

"So some of that warmth from the skywalk will actually come in and warm us up because our air conditioning is really pretty chilly," said Lamb, whose office sits in the Stiefel Nicolaus Building.

While the skywalks may not be climate controlled, one walker tells us they've improved her workout routine.

Marilyn Farrer:"I know some of them are hot.  We just walk a little faster through there."#3

The air is working in some parts.  So, if you're traveling through you just might want to dress in layers. 

Harbeck expects the cost to repair the seven broken units could be upwards of $30,000.

 

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