Thursday, January 19, 2012
4:43: Power line down on Belmont Drive.
4:40 Power line down on Wheeler Rd.
4:30: From ODOT: OR 281 (Hood River Highway) closed from milepost 10 to milepost 14 due to downed trees and powerlines; no estimate for reopening.
4:28: Odell Fire responding to lines across road on Wy'east road.
4:28: Car near Les Schwab has been removed.
4:19: Just got off phone with Port of HR. A rumor has been getting around that, Hood River-White Salmon Bridge may close. Port says Bridge is NOT closing, and they have no plans to do so. However, they do urge crossing carefully, as the bridge deck has been slick today.
4:05 Car has reportedly gone over bank near Les Schwab. Tow truck attempting to get it out is blocking both directions of traffic.
3:50: Power line reported down on Riordan Hill Drive. Possible fire in trees due to sparks. Westside Fire responding.
3:36: A few sheriff's deputies are blocked in by downed trees on Wy'east Rd.
3:32: Downed powerline at Kinglsey and Binns Hill. Westside Fire Dept. responding.
3:25: Tree reported down at Davis and Sylvester.
3:05: Odell Hwy and Summit report of large tree split and blocking road.
3:005: Tree and light down at Baseline and Cooper Spur.
3:00: Tree and power line reported down at Hwy 281 and Billings.
2:25: Downed power line, fire in tree reported at Kollas Rd. in Odell.
2:20: Via ODOT, Dee Hwy closed at Iowa Dr. for crews working on tree power line down on road. http://tripcheck.com/popups/Incid.asp?INCD=121808
12:25: Power line, two power poles, reported down at Dee Hwy and Iowa Dr.
12:21: Pacific Power Hood River area outage info: http://www.pacificpower.net/ed/po/ooi.html
12:20: Numerous accidents have been reported on Tucker Road near Tucker Park as well as Tucker Road Bridge.
10:30 a.m.:Tree is also down across a powre line on Kenwood Dr.
Access to the areas with the downed lines is being cut off through road closures.
Kenwood may be closed for much of the day due the size of the tree.
10:25 a.m. HR County dispatch is reporting downed power lines on Toll Bridge and Willow Flat Rds. More info as we get it.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge