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Snow and ice prompt road closures, minor accidents

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Slippery streets give kids more time off school and fun on the slopes


TIDINGS PHOTO J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Joey Gertenrich, 6, Owen Frazier, 9 (from left) make the most of snow on Clubhouse Drive in West Linn Jan. 3, along with older siblings Jack Gertenrich, 10 and Jake Frazier, 10. A fresh coat of snow quickly morphed into ice Jan. 3 and 4 in West Linn, causing a number of road closures, hazards and car accidents but nothing out of the ordinary, according to police.

Per City policy, Pimlico Drive, Summit Street, Hidden Springs Road, Skye Parkway and Marylhurst Drive were all closed due to ice hazards throughout Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. The West Linn Public Library and city hall closed Monday, and a City Council work session was cancelled.

Meanwhile, police responded to a slew of calls regarding accidents and hazards.

“(On Sunday) it was nonstop, from motorist assists to hazard calls, basically from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” West Linn Police Sergeant Dave Kempas said. “It was call to call to call the whole time.”

Yet thankfully, as of Monday morning, no injuries had been reported according to Kempas.

“It was a lot of minor crashes, a lot involving several vehicles,” Kempas said. “People were driving too fast, or not maintaining the proper distance or anticipating stopping time for ice. That’s been the cause for virtually all of them.”

Several downed tree branches were also reported, and there were some issues with residents abandoning their cars on slippery roads.

“On Sunset Avenue, one of the roads that stays open, it’s very treacherous to get up,” Kempas said. “People would get out and walk and leave their cars, which caused a hazard for other cars.”

By Tuesday, City buildings re-opened and the West Linn-Wilsonville schools were also open after a two-hour delay. Monday was a scheduled no class day for WL-WV.

PHOTO COURTESY DOT - Snowtime play from Dot in West Linn

PHOTO COURTESY SARAH MORRIS - Lucy, age 4, and Annie Morris, 6, take to the streets after the snowstorm with their dog Bess.

PHOTO COURTESY SARAH MORRIS - John Morris, age 10, gets serious about fun after the snow fell in West Linn last week.

PHOTO COURTESY SARAH MORRIS - Jack Gertenichh of West Linn tries snowboarding West Linn.

PHOTO COURTESY SARAH MORRIS -  Lucy Morris takes a tumble under the watchful eye of her dog Bess.