PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Storm of 2014 continues to hamper travel, close businesses and strain resources as the latest round of winter weather whacks the entire state of Oregon.
An Ice Storm Warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday in an area that covers more than 100 miles.
The freezing rain is a concern for power officials. The weight of the rain could snap power lines and tree branches, which would cause outages.
Thousands of people are without power throughout Oregon, although most of the Portland metro area is not affected. PGE has the latest totals on their website.
KOIN 6 News Chief Meteorologist Bruce Sussman said the Portland metro area will stay below freezing throughout the night and many roads will be icy.
At a Saturday afternoon press conference, City commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick, ODOT manager Jason Tell, TriMet’s Mary Fetsch and a representative from Pacific Power talked about the plans in place and what can be expected.
All MAX lines stopped around 7:45 p.m. Saturday due to the terrible weather conditions.
Buses are being dispatched to take riders where they need to go.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has 350 staff members working around-the-clock to deal with the storm, and all 55 city plows are deployed.
Additionally, ODOT has 44 crews covering the northwest region of the state, Tell said. Crews have been able to clear the roads better since most motorists are not driving.
Sand is being laid at intersections and hills, and crews are beginning to clear the catch basins to prepare for any potential flooding once the melting starts.
More than 500 calls for service were made to the Portland Water Bureau since Thursday, and one water main — at SE 111th and Taggart — broke due to the cold weather and age.