Cold Even a Problem Inside

Coming out of the cold and into the cold is how some workers at the Lauderdale County Courthouse Annex Building say they felt Friday as they returned to work.

"We have to dress in layers. In the outer office here, it's warm because we have a lot of heaters going. But when we have to go down the hall or into the break room it is freezing, as though we're outside," said Betty Cole, who works on the 11th floor.

"It's cold back there," said Wanda Bouldin, who also works on the 11th floor.

For more than a month the building has been without regular heat, as work continues on the building's boiler. With that expected to wrap up next week, workers on at least one floor says things are a little better.

A little box in Justice Court is called workers' saving grace. It is a table heater that was brought in by county maintenance officials Wednesday. It can be left on overnight. Prior to receiving this, all employees had were their own personal portable heaters, which could not.

Because of extremely cold conditions, workers on site at the 22nd Avenue bridge in downtown Meridian told us they had to suspend their work, at least through the early morning hours. Others weren't so lucky.

"It's a little too cold," said Steve Waltman, of Meridian Tire & Brake. "There's no way to heat a building like this. You can't keep it warm enough."

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