City services, close during storm

by: COURTESY OF SARAH CHAPMAN - Lillian Chapman expresses her joy at the freshly fallen snow that fell on Sherwood Feb. 6 through 8.The biggest snow and ice storm to hit the Portland-metro area in five years, blasted through Sherwood Feb. 6 through 9, shuddering schools, closing city services and generally making a mess of everything.

The storm began on Thursday, Feb. 6, closing all schools in the Sherwood School District early, and they remained closed through Monday, Feb. 10 because of dangerous driving conditions due to freezing rain and slushy streets.

The storm also resulted in the closure of all city government offices on both Friday and Saturday. That included the library, city hall and sports facilities. Only public works and police officers were required to report to work.

When all was said and done, Sherwood proper received about nine inches of snow, according to a consensus of folks using their trusty rulers on Living in Sherwood's Facebook page.

by: COURTESY OF KAMA CARROLL - Kama Carroll's two dogs were a little freaked out by the snow, enjoying instead a view from a wagonSherwood prepared early for the storm, pre-treating the main roads through town with an estimated 500 gallons of de-icer and laying down about 25 to 30 cubic yards of sand, according to Craig Sheldon, Sherwood public works director.

“Once the storm hit, we ran two-man crews in 12-hour shifts from Thursday through Sunday at 6 p.m. using one big plow with (a) sander in the back and one small plow with (a) sander in the back,” said Sheldon. “Overall it went well. We were able to keep the main routes in drivable condition.”

by: COURTESY OF ANGELA SMITH - Brady, 9, and Addison Smith, 7, play outside their Sherwood home during the massive snowstorm that blanketed the area Thursday through Saturday.Sheldon said work crews closed Division Street between Mandel Lane and Lincoln Street on the evening of Feb. 8 because of hazardous conditions. The public works director said the city continued to plow secondary streets so they wouldn’t be as dangerous as the snow and ice melted, he said.

Sheldon said it was the most severe ice and snowstorm to hit the city since 2008.

by: COURTESY CITY OF SHERWOOD - These kids had fun sleding down a hill at Murdock Park on Feb. 6.

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