Ice storm takes toll on Canby & Molalla
While snow fell gently in the Portland area Friday, something else was happening to the south.
In cities like Canby and Molalla, the winter blast that was turning Portland white was making those communities slick and scary. An arctic storm descended on Molalla and Canby over the weekend, knocking out power to both communities for the better part of two days.
Canby's electricity began to return Sunday evening, while Molalla power was coming to life Monday morning.
Power went out Friday night in Molalla and by Monday morning, parts of that community had regained power.
"I cooked breakfast on the burner of our BBQ, just like camping but with no campfire to get warm next to," said Sandy Storey, general manager of the Herald-Pioneer.
Canby Utility reported that it began having power interruptions at its two substations early on Thursday as the storm arrived, then lost power to both substations on Friday afternoon.
And with the ice came some tree limbs falling all over both towns, as well as whole trees being uprooted by the weight of the ice.
Trees were across power lines, across roads, on homes and vehicles and by late Saturday and Sunday morning, the sounds of chainsaws at work could be heard in both communities.
Fortunately, by Monday morning things were returning to some semblance of normal as damage assessment began.
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