Wind storm blows emergency responders into high gear
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.
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.
Here are some links that may help you in preparing for future storms: PGE, Washington County Roads, TriMet alerts.
You can also reach these cities' public works departments for down trees blocking roads:
Forest Grove 503-992-3258