St. Helens Library extends hours to help residents chill out
The Pacific Northwest heat wave shows no signs of letting up anytime soon, but in St. Helens, there's a place for community members to beat the heat.
According to Crystal King, city communications officer, the St. Helens Public Library at 375 S. 18th St. will be open as as a cooling center until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.
King says the library and the Columbia Center lobby will remain open for full browsing, checkout, and computer use until 8 p.m., later than usual due to the high temperatures outside.
Restrooms and a water bottle filling station will be available.
Patrons are advised that only ADA service animals are permitted in the library.
St. Helens is expected to remain under a heat advisory and air quality alert until 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30, although the National Weather Service can change advisories.
Officials advise residents to stay indoors and in an air-conditioned room when possible. Drink plenty of fluids and check in on friends and neighbors.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Death to a pet or child can happen quickly as temperatures soar inside a car.
The Spotlight has also reached out to Scappoose and Columbia City, St. Helens' neighbors in South Columbia County. As of mid-afternoon, Tuesday, July 26, there were no notices of cooling centers in those communities.
CC Rider, Columbia County's bus service, has reported no changes to its service due to the heat.
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