Cowlitz County Emergency Management is now reporting that Verizon cell phone customers in Cowlitz County are once again able to reach 911 directly. An alert went out to Verizon cell phone customers around 6 am, as the company reported a widespread service outage, affecting their ability to call 911. Clark County 911 says that the first reports of problems started coming in around 5:30 this morning, and they relayed the information to Cowlitz County and other agencies. The local restoration of service was reported at about 7:50 am, followed by a similar announcement from Clark County. The cause of the problem is still being researched.