Resource centers have been set up in Canby and at several sites in Clackamas County, where community members who are still without power can warm up, charge their phones and medical devices and get food and other supplies needed to continue to survive without power.
The centers will also be providing warming stations, flashlights, snacks and more. Clackamas County representatives will also be on hand to answer questions and direct residents to additional resources to help their situation.
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The nearest resource center is at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, which will be open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Breakfast sandwiches are being served at 9:30 a.m. and boxed lunches at 12:30 for those who are without power.
Other storm resource centers include the Molalla Church of the Nazarene, 920 Shirley St.; Oregon City High School, 19761 S Beavercreek Road; and Hope City Church, 5197 SE King Road in Milwaukie.
Additionally, charging stations have been opened at Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue (use the side entrance on 4th Street) and the Aurora Fire District, which also includes a public wifi hotspot — provided that you use it sparingly to make emergency contact with friends and loved ones and not to binge Cobra Kai on Netflix.
AFD has set up a WI-FI network at the Aurora fire station. This has been done to allow you to make quick contact with loved ones, check in with work etc. It is not designed to binge watch Cobra Kai on NETFLIX. You will be looking for: AFD Public-5g
“We are asking everyone, if you are safe, please do your part in supporting your community,” Clackamas County Board Chair Tootie Smith said in a video message Tuesday. “We need all the help we can get. Please check on your neighbors who are less able to be without power or heat.”
Officials remind that people without power most likely will not be able to access the internet, television or radio to receive information on resources or communicate their situation. Please check on your neighbors, friends and family without power to ensure know where to go for help.
PGW News Conference right now– say they’ve restored power to 560K customers– still says all but 210% or about 15K will be restored by end of Friday night. @KGWNews
“This has been in the worst power outage in 50 years, according to PGE,” Smith said. “Over 105,000 Clackamas County residents lost power.”
PGE has recruited mutual assistance workers from five western states and has mobilized 2,500 crews to get the juice flowing again. Late Wednesday, the utility predicted that 90% of those still without power would be back online by Friday.
See Chair Smith’s complete remarks below:
Finally, ODOT has announced that Interstate 5 will be closed the Brooks/Gervais exit (263) to Canby/Hubbard (282A) from 11 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday for PGE crews to perform emergency repair work on transmission lines and help restore power to Oregonians who lost power during the recent storm.
All traffic will be detoured via Highway 99E. Follow the detour signs, watch for crews at road closures, use caution in the area and expect delays.