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The library will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. No word on cooling center options in Scappoose or Columbia City.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - St. Helens Public Library stays open longer, Tuesday, July 26, to serve as cooling center. 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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