The City of Longview has declared a severe weather event, a move that allows the establishment of temporary severe weather shelters in the city.

As of Monday night, there were no permitted severe weather shelters in the city. Organizations that want to open them must apply to the city for an inspection to make sure the area meets basic safety standards.

There is no fee for a temporary use permit for a severe weather shelter, and a permit may be valid for 365 days. For more information, contact the Community Development department at 360-442-5087.

The city's action was prompted by weather forecasts that predict overnight low temperatures in the 32-degree range over the next several days.

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