Winter storm: East County urged to stay indoors
In the wake of a winter storm that hit East Multnomah County over the past few days, city of Gresham crews are working to get infrastructure back online as residents are urged to stay indoors as much as possible.
Heavy sleet, snow and wind pelted the city Friday night, Feb. 12, leading to dangerous conditions along Gresham's roadways. Drivers abandoned hundreds of cars across the community, making it difficult for city crews to navigate sanding and deicing trucks Saturday morning, Feb. 13.
In Corbett, county crews are plowing snow that is 3-6 feet high, and the community is asked to keep away as that work continues. Corbett Hill Road, a steep route that connects Interstate 84 with the Historic Columbia River Highway is closed; Northeast Marine Drive from Sundial Road to Frontage Road is closed due to stalled vehicles and ice; Northeast 238th Drive from Arata Road to Glisan Street also is closed.
All MAX and bus service has been canceled until further notice. Nearly 18,000 people across the county are without power. Report an outage in your neighborhood to PGE online: bit.ly/3phAhCT or via phone 503-464-7777. The former Kmart property in Gresham is being used as a staging area to deploy PGE crews to deal with outages.
Gresham homeless outreach staff are checking for unsheltered people. Staff are connecting them with beds in East County shelters or are arranging transportation to the regional emergency warming shelters. The Sunrise Center is serving as a temporary space to deploy emergency survival gear.
The city also is dealing with several downed trees.
The priority for Gresham crews, which are working around the clock, is to clear the roads for hospital and emergency routes, major arterial streets and bridges, so ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles have a safe route.
Hazardous roadways are expected through Monday. The winter storm warning will remain in place through Saturday. The temperature is anticipated to rise by Sunday afternoon.
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