Volunteers help ‘tackle the storm’ in Portland

Portland Emergency Management Team activated neighborhood volunteers Friday night

Crews cut down this tree at NW 12th and Flanders in the Pearl District before it fell over, October 15, 2016 (KOIN)
Crews cut down this tree at NW 12th and Flanders in the Pearl District before it fell over, October 15, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Emergency Management Team activated neighborhood volunteers Friday night and will do it again Saturday if conditions call for it.

Felicia Heaton, the deputy public information officer for the Bureau of Emergency Management in Portland, October 15, 2016 (KOIN)
Felicia Heaton, the deputy public information officer for the Bureau of Emergency Management in Portland, October 15, 2016 (KOIN)

Localized flooding happened quickly and the volunteers sprung into action.

“We need them to be ready to tackle the storm,” said Felicia Heaton, the deputy public information officer for the Bureau of Emergency Management. “It turned out that we activated some neighborhood emergency volunteers to go out into their neighborhoods and do a few things.”

In the Pearl District Saturday morning, crews cut down a tree that was badly leaning and in danger of falling at NW 12th and Flanders.