4th Heat Wave Related Death Confirmed

7/29/11 – Wisconsin health officials have confirmed another death from last week’s heat wave. An 87-year-old Reedsburg woman was found dead in a mobile home without air conditioning. The Sauk County coroner has ruled that the woman’s death was caused by the searing heat spell. Temperatures last week went above 100 in some parts of Wisconsin – and the heat index got as high as 127. The other three confirmed heat deaths were in Marquette, Columbia, and Crawford counties. All the victims were 65-or-older, and at least two had underlying medical conditions. A possible fifth heat-related death was still being investigated this week in Polk County. In that case, a 25-year-old man left a vehicle and walked home during the intense heat.