Crews work to clear damage after record storm

Crews work to clear damage after record storm

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 7:57 AM

PORTLAND – The weekend’s massive storm brought record rains, power outages and widespread damage to the Portland Metro area.

The storm’s heavy rains and wind gusts knocked trees and branches into roads, causing closures and thousands of power outages. 

Portland Parks and Recreation was investigating possible damage at multiple locations across the city Monday. The organization closed all athletic fields, including fields on Portland Public Schools properties, until Friday due to the extreme rain. 

At Evergreen Highway in Clark County, a tree fell across the road near 164th Avenue, taking a power line with it. Traffic was snarled for hours while crews cleared the road.

Your Pics: Storm damage in Portland Metro area

On Northeast Marine Drive in Portland, two 40-foot-tall trees less than a mile apart from each other were ripped out of the ground by the storm, covering both eastbound lanes.

Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Centennial, Ore. was closed Monday. School officials were working by flashlight and were disappointed to have to turn away 450 students Monday.

“It affects them in terms of one more day of education,” said Principal Laurie Ernstrom. “Now we have to do some catch-up.”

Related: Portland drenched in wettest weather on September record

More than 6,000 people were still without power Monday. Although many of the 110,000 who lost power Sunday had electricity restored, utility crews reported having trouble getting power back to all of the affected communities Monday.

For many well water users, losing power meant also losing water. 

Gresham, Damascus and Canby saw the highest number of outages.

PGE said most customers had power back on by 2 p.m. Monday.

For up-to-date power outage information, click here.

 Downtown Portland recorded 6.2 inches of rain and counting for the month of September as of Monday morning, which was more than half an inch over the previous record, set in 1927.

Hillsboro saw 6.1 inches and Salem hit 6.6 inches.

Related: Record September rainfall from coast to Eugene, Portland

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