Damage, debris cleared after Portland storm

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Damage, debris cleared after Portland storm

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Posted on September 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 4:44 PM

PORTLAND -- Power outages and downed trees plagued Portland neighborhoods after the first storm of the fall season hit the Northwest this past weekend.

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The storm brought rain and high winds to the Portland metro area, causing nearly 9,000 people to be without power Sunday.

Steve Corson, a spokesman for Portland General Electric, said people should be ready in case power goes out during storms. 

Corson said "putting together an outage kit where you've got a flashlight and extra batteries, maybe a can opener and some canned food ready if your power is going to be out for a few hours" were good ideas for families. He also said to make sure cell phones were charged.  

A Southeast Portland man had a big cleanup job ahead of him after Sunday night’s storm.

Henry Linebaugh said high winds knocked down a giant tree into his house on Hazel Avenue. He said he heard a creaking noise following by a loud bang. 

Linebaugh wasn't sure how much damage is done but was happy his home is still standing.

“I’m proud of this old house,” he said. “A plastic house like that over there wouldn’t have stood.”

On Monday, Linebauch was able to pull the tree off his house. 

 

 

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