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Cooling centers open doors as heat moves into Clark County

NWS Portland issues Excessive Heat Warning for Northwest

By , Columbian Web Editor
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With temperatures in Clark County and around the Northwest expected to exceed 100 degrees this week, cooling centers are opening to help residents who may need to get out of the heat.

On Monday, the National Weather Service in Portland issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which goes into effect at noon Wednesday and continues through 10 p.m. Saturday.

Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures up to 105 degrees are expected, according to NWS Portland. The hottest day of the heat wave is expected to be Thursday. Overnight temperatures will likely remain in the mid-60s to low 70s.

According to the Council for the Homeless, there may be some motel vouchers available for those age 60 and older and families with children. Contact the council for more information at 360-695-9677.

No referrals are needed. Due to COVID-19, face coverings will be required at cooling centers.

According to Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, cooling centers will be open in the following locations (CRESA will update the list at cresa911.org as more centers open):

Vancouver

Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.

C-Tran routes: 2, 30, 60, 71, 105, 25, 32 and 37

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Air conditioning, seating, water, restrooms, service animals allowed. Well-behaved pets on leashes or in carriers will be allowed in the Atrium and Columbia Room.

Three Creeks Community Library, 800 C N.E. Tenney Road

C-Tran route: 9

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Air conditioning, seating, water, restrooms, pets allowed, play sprinkler.

Cascade Park Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Air conditioning, seating, water, restrooms, pets allowed, water-bottle filling station.

Vancouver Mall Library, Vancouver Mall, Suite 285

C-Tran routes: Vancouver Mall Transit Center is in the parking lot.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Air conditioning, seating. Water and restrooms available in the mall.

Mill Plain United Methodist Church, 15804 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.

C-Tran route: 37

Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

Air conditioning, seating, water, snacks, restrooms, pets allowed (leashed or kenneled).

Orchards Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6415 N.E. 102nd Ave.

C-Tran route: 72

Hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

Air conditioning, water, snacks, restrooms.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Road, Vancouver

Hours: 3:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin Ave., Vancouver

Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday

Battle Ground

Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way

Hours: 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Air conditioning, seating, water, restrooms.

Washougal

Washougal Community Center, 1681 C St.

C-Tran route: 92

Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

Air conditioning, seating, water, snacks and restrooms available.

Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St.

C-Tran route: 92

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Air conditioning, seating, water, restrooms.

La Center

La Center Community Library, 1411 N.E. Lockwood Creek Road

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 am. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Ridgefield

Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave.

C-Tran route: Connector stop is half-block away.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday.

Camas

Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Yacolt

Yacolt Library Express, Old Yacolt Town Hall, 105 E. Yacolt Road.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Woodland

Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St.

Bus: CAP Limited Service www.lowercolumbiacap.org/get-help/transportation

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Air conditioning, seating, water, restrooms.

Outdoor cooling spaces

Public restrooms are open from dawn to dusk.

Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St.

Marshall Park: 1069 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Marine Park Boat Launch, 4501 S.E. Columbia Way

Leroy Haagen Memorial Park: Northeast Ninth Street, Vancouver

Vancouver Waterfront Park/Portland Loos: 695 Waterfront Way (Open 24 hours a day)

Ballfields by the old Vancouver Public Library: Mill Plain Boulevard near East Reserve Street (Free WiFi signal)

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