Worst over, clean up begins
The worst of the winter storm is over and the clean up process has begun, state, city and TriMet officials said Monday afternoon.
Drivers were warned to watch out for trucks picking up gravel on freeways and city streets in coming days. And City Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick asked Portlanders to find and clean out storm drains on their neighborhood streets to prevent flooding.
"Rains are coming and snow is melt and that can lead to flooding," Novick said.
Novick and TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetch spoke at a Monday afternoon press conference. They praised the workers in their agencies for working such long hours to help keep people moving. The Oregon Department of transportation issued a press release earlier in the day saying it has started the clean up process.
Novick said the city dumped 1,000 cubic years of gravel on city streets that needs to be cleaned up. He said the city has already spent over $200,000 in response to the storm.
ODOT said that it placed 7,600 yards of sand on freeways and highways in the Portland areaduring the storm. Once the snow is off the road, ODOT crews will switch out the snow equipment currently mounted on the trucks to begin sweeping.