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Heat dangers

Volunteers are working against high temperatures. Volunteers are working against high temperatures.
One of the men who rescued a caver talks about the rescue operation. One of the men who rescued a caver talks about the rescue operation.
A Florence man was killed in a wreck on Wilson Dam. A Florence man was killed in a wreck on Wilson Dam.

As temperatures rise, volunteer numbers drop

Good Tuesday afternoon. Hope your Memorial Day weekend went well.

The intense heat is making volunteer work for tornado recovery even more difficult. WAFF 48's Elizabeth Gentle caught up with a group of volunteers battling the heat out on Lockhart Road in Madison County today. Volunteers have to take extra precautions and drink plenty of water and take plenty of breaks between jobs. We spoke with some volunteer workers from Indiana who are not quite as used to this intense heat.

Point Mallard water park officials decided to shut down the park early Monday after a series of fights broke out. Witnesses say the fights involved girls, and no arrests were made. No one was seriously injured and the park re-opened today for businesses as usual. WAFF 48's Jamel Lanee is following up on yesterday's incidents to see what, if any changes will be made to Point Mallard's security policy.

We're also following up on the Huntsville man who was rescued from a cave in Sherwood, Tennessee Monday night. 51-year old Dirk Siron was about 2 thousand feet underground in Sinking Cove Cave when he fell 15 to 20 feet. 60 people worked about 30 hours to free him from the cave. Siron is recovering from some broken bones sustained in the incident. WAFF 48's Jack Madison will have the very latest, including an interview with the person who rescued Siron.

One person died in a fiery crash on Wilson Dam Road in Florence this morning. WAFF 48's Nick Lough is working to gather the details from that crash. A Chevy Camaro crashed into the concrete wall of the hydro-electric plant at the south end of Wilson Dam just before 9 this morning. We'll have more on the person who was killed in the crash.

We've been following state resources that have come up missing in recent years in our special assignment Where Did It Go? Tonight, WAFF 48's Trang Do will look into a particularly puzzling, not to mention dangerous, mystery of some guns that have come up missing from the state Department of Public Safety. She'll have more on where the weapons may have gone coming up tonight at 10. You can catch up on Trang's series on our website.

Nationally-known comedian Henry Cho has a valley connection. And tonight, Cho will be lending his talents to help out with tornado relief in the city of Arab. Cho, who's married to an Arab woman, will be performing a benefit comedy show at 7:30 at the Arab High School Auditorium with the proceeds going to help out victims of the tornado. And you can check out more tornado benefit events on our community website.

Be sure and join us for these stories and much more tonight on WAFF 48 News at 5, 6 & 10.

Have a great day and we'll see you on TV!

Mark Thornhill

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