Wind storm blows emergency responders into high gear

BeavertonPublicWorksCrewMember175th Rigert    April's big wind storm put several WEA members into high response mode.
   Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue activated its Fire Operations Center on Friday, April 7.  
   A management team located at the Fire Operations Center coordinated response of fire units to a significant number of emergency incidents related to the wind storm.

  The agency's crews between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. had responded to nearly 400 calls.
   Portland General Electric crews responded to several power outages in the region.

    Unfortunately, some of the crews had to wait for the winds to die down in order to safely respond with their bucket trucks, but they worked through the weekend to restore power.
   The public utility had up to 168,000 customers, 67,000 in Washington County, without power at one point.
   This included 17 schools in the Beaverton School District and others on the Westside, which stayed operational despite the loss of power, loss of internet, and the students' groans.

   At least 13 roads in Washington County were closed due to down trees or power lines, including Scholls Ferry Road near Davies and Murray.

  Here are some links that may help you in preparing for future storms: PGEWashington County RoadsTriMet alerts.
  You can also reach these cities' public works departments for down trees blocking roads: 

Beaverton 503-526-2220
Forest Grove 503-992-3258
Hillsboro 503-615-6509
Sherwood 503-625-5722
Tigard 503-639-4171
Tualatin 503-691-3091
Wilsonville 503-682-4092