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Snow, rain and wind all team up to create some problems around the city
by:  BARB RANDALL This tree, located on C Avenue between Third and Fourth streets, was one of the first to fall as a result of stormy weather this week.

Mother Nature sent a lot of snow in Lake Oswego's direction on Monday night, but the city was able to avoid serious problems.

While there was some spitting of snow Tuesday, by Wednesday the worst appeared to have moved past the area.

No snow but lots of wind between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning resulted in a number of trees being blown over around Lake Oswego.

The high winds left some severe damage in their wake. One tree fell on the roof of a home of an 85-year-old woman at 1779 Comus St., according to a report from the Lake Oswego Fire Department. The woman was not injured, and she was expected to seek assistance on Wednesday morning.

Overall, six fallen trees were encountered by city maintenance workers, who were working all through the night to remove snow.

'We were making sure snow was off the streets,' said John Harris, public works operations manager for the city of Lake Oswego. 'Our workers started at 10:30 last night and worked until about 6 a.m. (Wednesday) morning.

'There were half a dozen trees. Most of them were encountered by our workers. Only one of the fallen trees was called in.'

Earlier Tuesday, the only real troublesome incident in the city was a TriMet bus stalling on McNary Parkway. The spreading of sand by a city vehicle was enough to solve the problem.

'So far, so good,' Harris said Tuesday. 'So far the weather has been good to us. We're hoping the worst is over.'

The city was also helped by its own early preparations. Last week and last weekend, Harris said city workers spread about 1,000 gallons of de-icing fluid over city streets.

'It really works,' Harris said. 'It's also a lot better than sand, which is a nuisance for motorists. After five days you have to pick it up.'

While the threat of winter turning ugly remains, Harris said, 'Whatever happens, we're ready. Obviously, we're going to keep monitoring the weather constantly.'

No serious weather-related incidents were reported by the Lake Oswego fire and police departments.

'The only snow problems have been in the Mountain Park area,' said Gert Zoutendijk, deputy fire marshal for Lake Oswego. 'Maintenance services have been really good about plowing and getting snow off the road.'

In another storm-related incident, the basement flooded in a home at 16805 Old River Road between Glenmorrie Drive and River Woods Place.

The Lake Oswego School District felt more effect from the snowy, icy roads. Classes started two hours late on Tuesday, and all athletic contests were canceled. All morning kindergarten, pre-kindergarten and pre-school classes were canceled. Schedules were back to normal on Wednesday.

LOSD announced it would keep parents and students informed of bus route conditions. Possible trouble spots were anticipated on Jefferson Parkway in Mountain Park and Bergis Road area.

The city's website posts winter weather updates at www.ci.oswego.or.us .

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