Northwest winter storm leaves outages, possible flooding

Courtesy Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office

(AP) – A winter storm that blanketed the Pacific Northwest with ice and snow is causing lingering problems Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Oregon still in the dark after heavy snow and then ice brought down tree branches this weekend and blocked storm drains in Washington state and Idaho raising concerns about flooding.

Portland General Electric’s map of power outages listed 288,922 customers without electricity, most in Clackamas County.

At least 4,000 power lines were brought down by ice and tree limbs and multiple transmission lines were severely damaged by the storm that swept through this weekend.

Mountain passes could see 15 to 30 inches of new snow through Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, snow-packed roads, downed trees and power lines made travel in the Portland area treacherous.

Officials canceled all service on the Portland Streetcar and only a few light rail routes were operating.

Bus routes throughout the city were delayed, detoured or canceled.


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