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Mayor Kenneth Gulley has announced the opening of the Bessemer Civic Center today, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 as a cooling station until 5 p.m. There are still some residents in the city without power due to last evening's storm. Bessemer Electric is working to restore power to all impacted customers. Please check on elderly neighbors (and pets) as the heat indices are expected to climb to near 105 degrees today.