Cleanup continues, rivers recede after storm

Credit: Pat Dooris/KGW Staff

A tree fell on this truck in Oregon City during the storm.

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Posted on November 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 10:03 AM

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PORTLAND –  The torrents of the past 48 hours have calmed, but power linemen and repairs crews were still quite busy Tuesday, dealing with the aftermath of the storm.

One of the worst areas was Oregon City, where the wind knocked down huge trees and along one street, 6 entire power poles were dislodged.

"I’ve never seen one single tree take out that many poles and stuff in a domino-effect like it did," said David Knoy, who lives nearby. "It’s amazing. When I got home, I had to crawl underneath wires just to get in."

One person was also injured when a large tree fell on his SUV along that same street, neighbors said.

Photos: Storm damage in Metro area

PGE reported a number of outages Tuesday morning in Clackamas County. MORE: PGE outage information.   On the Oregon Coast, Pacific Power reported a number of outages in Clatsop County.

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The dangerous combination of heavy wind and the saturated ground brought down several trees. In Beaverton, a tree crushed the car of a teacher on her way to work but she escaped unharmed.

More: Teacher's car hit by fallen tree

On the Oregon Coast, heavy rain and winds brought Northwest rivers to near flood stage overnight Monday, with the flooded Wilson River shutting down U.S. 101 and Oregon 6  near Tillamook for a time Tuesday morning.

In Seaside, 24,000 power customers were without electricity after the storm and crews worked around the clock to get it restored as soon as possible. Farmer Mike Faleur not only lost power, but the entire roof of his barn, too.

"We were inside because we’ve got calves inside there too, so they were just going nuts. It sounded just like thunder inside there the whole time,” Faleur said.

More: 98 mph gust near Newport; Hwy. 101 flooded

In Lincoln City, travel was still restricted on Tuesday, due to road damage.

Trees were down along the Coast Range highway and a hunter was killed when a tree fell on his tent near Nehalem.

More: Hunter killed in severe storm

The Central School District in Marion County had a two-hour delay Tuesday. The Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences was closed Tuesday due to a power outage.

More: Check school closures

Many area streams and rivers will be near flood stage by Monday night.

In the mountains, Cascade snow levels were expected to be about 4,500 feet Tuesday, dropping to 3,000 feet Wednesday and accumulation of up to a foot.

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High winds gusting to 60 mph will also be possible across much of central and eastern Oregon.

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