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UPDATE: Power outage is widespread as ice makes it presence felt with downed limbs, trees power lines and debris

PMG PHOTO: DEBORAH GUINTHER - Folks in Canby and Molalla were out late Saturday and early Sunday with chainsaws as they assessed the damage and tried to free up their vehicles. 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.PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Evidence of the ice storm was everywhere in Molalla Saturday and Sunday, with downed tree limbs and ice-covered street signs.

"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.

PMG PHOTO: DEBORAH GUINTHER - Evidence of just how much ice accumulated Friday through Sunday is shown on a single stem of a plant.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.

COURTESY PHOTO: HEATHER MCKEAN - Ice took hold on plants and changed their look.PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Canby residents remove debris from their homes, cars and roads on Sunday, Feb. 14.PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Some in Canby used chainsaws to chop trees and force them to fall in the desired direction, rather than causing home or car damage.

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