HOOD RIVER, Ore. — The people in Hood River are doing what they can to deal with all the snow that has fallen since Sunday.
On Tuesday, various school districts in the Gorge canceled classes. People living in Hood River dug out and got ready for the potential for more snow.
For some, the day started early as they tried to get to work safely in the snow.
"Today I got my clunky snow shoes on and some poles so I don't fall down like yesterday," said one man as he snowshoed down the street at 5 a.m.
In the light of day, it’s possible to see how much snow has fallen on Hood River.
"Too much. Too much, that's for sure," Guy Wertgen said. He was out shoveling his apartment complex's sidewalks for a couple hours.
"And a couple hours yesterday, and a couple hours the day before that," Wertgen said.
Look around and it's easy to see why he's working so hard. Cars covered in snow line the road. Some of the roads are closed.
"That's the city and the county there I think slacking a little bit. They need to be doing a little bit more than what they have been doing, that's for sure, in keeping the roads clear for people," Wertgen said.
Hood River city officials said a crew is working around the clock, in 12-hour shifts, to clear the main streets first. Then they will work their way to residential streets.
Mark Lago, public works director for the city, said in his last 20 years, this is the most snow Hood River has received in such a short amount of time.
With that in mind, he said the crew is doing a "phenomenal job."
The snow has been coming down so hard that Kyle Bond said for the last three nights, he's had to stay at the Hood River Hotel, where he also works. He said his dad is too worried about him driving in the snow and ice.
"Trying to see if I can make it home tonight," Bond said.
To prepare for the long day, he went to get some coffee at a nearby shop. But he found the place "closed because of Snowmageddon."
"Every place is pretty much closed for the snow,” Bond said.
Both he and Brian Lewis, a mail deliverer in Hood River, weren't too happy about the situation.
"There's no coffee shops open. I mean, what’s that about?" Lewis asked. "How does a guy survive without their coffee?"
But the bigger question for us was why Lewis was walking around in shorts.
"Well I always wear shorts, but if it gets too deep then I'll stick on some snow pants. But I haven't got to that point today," Lewis said with a laugh.
Until then, Lewis will continue delivering mail in the snow, and his shorts, unless it continues snowing like crazy.
"Might have to break out the snow pants," he said.