Storm watch: Roads open, some city and county closures
Winter storm Orion delivered nearly 4 inches of snow to the Portland metro area, and the National Weather Service's storm warning continues through early tomorrow, but in Tigard and Tualatin, all appears relatively peaceful.
We have actually been blessed with a lot of quiet around here in Tualatin, Tualatin Police spokeswoman Jennifer Massey said. We don't have any real problem areas, nothing's been an issue with us. Surprisingly, we haven't had a lot of traffic-related calls or anything. I think a lot of people are staying home.
In Tigard, crews have been working in 12-hour shifts to make sure roads are plowed and sand is distributed for traction across the city.
Unusually, we havent had any calls about accidents or crashes, even in the trouble spots, said Brian Rager, the citys interim public works director.
Rager said that the city was prepared for the weather, thanks to reporting by local meteorologists.
I think the weather guys are getting better at predicting events like these, Rager said.
A map of Tualatin roads sanded, by priority, can be found here.
Tigard's priority map is available here.
Jerry Postema, Tualatins public works director, reported that everything was going well on Tualatins first full snow day of the year, with no street closures.
His department led a coordinated effort early Thursday morning, applying an anti-icing agent and sanding critical roadways, including busy intersections, heavily trafficked roads, and roads near hospitals and emergency response facilities.
We have a snow and ice response plan, Postema said.
A copy of the city's snow and ice response plan can be found here.
The storm did claim the life of one Tualatin resident, 39-year-old Matthew Scott, who was killed in a 28-vehicle pileup on Interstate 5 in Clark County, Wash., on Thursday afternoon.
With a second winter storm expected to hit the Portland area Friday afternoon, Postema said there would be a teleconference from the Tualatin emergency operations center with other agencies to determine weather projections for the evening and through the weekend, to allow the city to plan accordingly.
School throughout the Tigard-Tualatin School District, as well as after-school and evening classes, was canceled Friday. The Tualatin Public Library and other city offices would close at noon on Friday. The Tualatin Public Library would remain closed Saturday.
Tigard Public Library will be open both days.
Washington County Circuit Court was scheduled to close at noon, but all other Washington County government services were operational.
Washington County reported that although the Beaverton and Hillsboro Women, Infants, and Children clinics would remain open, the Tigard location would not.Add a comment