PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Transportation and power crews have been working around-the-clock to repair the damage caused by Friday storm in Oregon. Nearly 14,000 residents lost power in the Portland metro area.
By 9:30 p.m. Saturday, that number dropped to around 1000.
Transportation officials said their teams are also working to mop up the dangerous conditions left behind from this storm. High winds and heavy rain on Friday caused massive ponding, fallen rocks and downed trees throughout the region.
As storm conditions pummelled the metro, a fire broke out Friday night at a Southeast Portland substation. That alone left nearly 3000 customers in the dark until about 1 a.m. While that fire was successfully extinguished — and no injuries — transportation officals said hazardous road conditions continue Saturday.
“We’re kind of still digging out a little bit from the storm on Friday. We’ve got a lot of ponding water really throughout the Portland area,” said ODOT’s Don Hamilton. “We’re having a lot of issues around here and we’re going to try to get everything swept up and get ready for whatever is going to be coming next.”
Beyond the high waters and fallen trees, ODOT said a landslide happened off Highway 2245 near Ripplebrook, forcing lane closures in both directions at Milepost 45.
Geo-hydro crews are analyzing and responding to that slide. ODOT crews will also be out removing debris from the roads and leaves from storm draines to help motorists in the region.
De-icer will also start being added to roads as more winter weather is expected to strike in the coming days, Hamilton said.