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Cleaning up downed trees and branches from the Feb. 12-14 snow and ice storms could take several weeks, officials say.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A worker removes branches and debris from Cook Park Feb. 19 as Tigard continues to clean up after the Feb. 12-14 snow and ice storms.Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood continue cleaning up from the winter storm earlier this month that closed roads, brought down trees and caused power outages across the region.

In Tigard, the city received 20 to 25 work requests related to trees in the roadway over that stormy Valentine's Day weekend, with three streets closed as a result of the weather, according to Marissa Grass, community engagement coordinator for the Tigard Public Works Department.

The damage included trees down in most city parks, including a 150-year-old oak that fell in Cook Park.

"Our trail system was also impacted. Terrace Trails, for example, had three trees fall within three blocks," Grass said last week. "It will take a few weeks to clean up from the storm."

She said city work crews put about 30 truckloads of sanding rock onto city streets and that some work will require help from the city's on-call contractors.

In Tualatin, the city had a busy weekend after opening four tree branch and yard debris drop-off sites for residents at Tualatin High School, Ibach Park, Atfalati Park and Browns Ferry Park. By late Saturday morning, Feb. 20 — about 48 hours after it first opened — the Ibach Park site had collected so much debris that it had to close and direct residents to the other drop-off sites.

"This is the worst storm since 1995 in terms of tree damage and resulting debris," said Clay Reynolds, Tualatin maintenance services manager, who has worked for the city since 1982. "Our crews have been working steadily to clear roadways, sidewalks and debris throughout the city."

That 1995 windstorm involved hurricane-force winds that wreaked havoc throughout the Portland metro area.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A large section of tree came down near a playground area in Cook Park during the ice and snow storms of Feb. 12-14. Among the trees lost in the park was a 150-year-old oak tree.

Megan George, Tualatin's deputy city manager, said some 600 homes were still without power as of Feb. 17 because the city's Meridian feeder, which serves residents east of Interstate 5, was down.

"The worst hit areas in the city are east of I-5 and south of Avery Street," she said.

In Sherwood city limits, not many residents suffered power outages. Rather, it was those in the unincorporated areas of the 97140 zip code that were affected.

Craig Sheldon, the city's public works director, said he didn't yet have a complete number of downed trees in the city. He did, however, estimate that the costs of snow removal and tree cleanup could reach as high as $50,000.

"Cost at this time is about $30,000 for snow/ice removal and tree clean up," he said. "I am expecting an additional $5,000 in debris cost and chipping."

Sheldon estimated that it would cost Sherwood another $10,000 to $15,000 in arborist fees to help with the damage, which is being completed by a private contractor.

"We have several trees that need to be evaluated, but likely need to be removed," he said.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Officals in Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood estimate it will take several weeks to clean up all the trees and branches scattered througout their cities following the Feb. 12-14 storms.


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