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Governor declares storm emergency


The snowstorm, which continued into Wednesday, brought the largest snow totals of the decade to the Portland area.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A commuter makes his way across Beaverton Wednesday morning.Salem — Gov. Kate Brown today declared a state of emergency in Oregon due to severe winter storm conditions. This declaration comes at the request of local officials and is based on the recommendations of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown"As snow continues to accumulate and local authorities respond to provide core services and clear roadways, all available state resources will be made available to ensure the safety of communities throughout Oregon," Brown said. "I urge all Oregonians to follow the recommendations of local authorities, and avoid travel while ODOT crews clear roads and work to restore core services."

Governor Brown directed the Office of Emergency Management to coordinate the deployment of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and the Oregon National Guard to Oregon support to local communities needing assistance.

The snowstorm, which continued into Wednesday, brought the largest snow totals of the decade to the Portland area, according to the National Weather Service's Portland forecast office, calling Tuesday the snowiest calendar day since Dec. 20, 2008. The depth of snow was measured as low as 4 inches in Sherwood but was generally higher elsewhere, with Portland proper seeing 8 to 12 inches and Hillsboro receiving about 9 inches, according to the the National Weather Service.

The Office of Emergency Management will facilitate the access and use of state resources, personnel, and equipment to protect communities, property, and the environment, and aid in the recovery from issues related to the recent of series of severe winter storms.

Brown issued the state of emergency that is in effect for 30 days, unless terminated sooner by the governor.

The Office of Emergency Management will continue to provide regular updates, which will be made available from the Office of Emergency Management..