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Weather Causes Havoc With Outages, Downed Trees, Flooding

Written by Jeremy Scott on February 17, 2014

Tree smashes into Wilsonville home

PORTLAND — The wind whipped up overnight Sunday, knocking out power to thousands and leaving damage behind.  There was also a lot of rain to go along with this storm, at least two to four inches.  Most of the region was under a flood watch for Monday.

“There’s another system on the way for Tuesday that will bring more wind and rain.  I expect another 1-2 inches with breezy conditions over the valley and windy weather at the coast,” said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard.  He says it should calm down a bit Thursday and Friday.

A large cottonwood tree ripped apart a home in Wilsonville on Southwest Camelot Street, trapping a woman in her bed.  She was able to get free from under the rubble and went to the hospital.  A house next door was clipped by the tree, damaging the roof and siding.

“She heard the crack and rolled out of bed.  It fell right on their master bedroom and shook the whole house,” said neighbor Patricia Farris.

The problems were echoed in neighborhoods all over the state.  Just in Portland, there were 23 reports of downed trees between 9:30 on Sunday night and 5:30 in the morning.  The city brought in crews on a holiday to keep up with the flood of calls.

Here at Northeast 21st and Klickitat, a tree fell onto the sidewalk and into the road.


Courtesy: KGW

A transformer exploded when a tree fell on power lines and a car at Southeast 46th and Henry.

As many as 12,000 customers of Portland General Electric lost power.  Utility crews worked in the elements to get service restored as quickly as possible.  The majority of customers had electricity back by early afternoon.


A power outage caused raw sewage to seep into the Willamette River in Oak Grove.  An electrical component failed that prevented a back-up generator from kicking in.  Crews stopped the leak after 90 minutes, but not before 440,000 gallons of untreated sewer water leaked out.  Contact with the water is discouraged for at least a day.

Congressional hearings at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem were delayed for two hours after a tree limb knocked out power.

A man couldn’t stop his van soon enough before crashing into a tree that fell onto Highway 22E east of Salem just after 5:00 this morning.  56-year-old Jorge Navarro-Valadez was treated at the hospital for his injuries.  As crews were responding, other trees started to fall and caused even more crashes.


“We urge drivers to watch for roadway debris, rocks, limbs and trees leaning toward or having fallen near or on our roads,” said OSP Lieutenant Gregg Hastings.

Flooding remains a big concern, especially urban and small streams.  The Pudding River in Aurora is expected to crest late Wednesday and the Nehalem River near Foss is already near flood stage.

Courtesy: Pat Dooris

Courtesy: Pat Dooris

Storm drains and culverts are also being overwhelmed.  A stretch of Northwest Thompson Road in the west hills was closed Monday afternoon after a culvert overflowed.

The Marion County Sheriff’s office tweeted this pic of flooding on River Road South.


On the coast, the typical flooding on Highway 101 near Seaside caused some restrictions after about a foot of water flowed across the road.  It receded within a few hours.

A 1912 cast iron pipe on Southeast 28th Avenue near Reed College cracked overnight, likely from last weekend’s freeze.  Water came bubbling up through the pavement.  The city called on crews who were supposed to be off for Presidents Day.

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