SALEM, Ore --- Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Saturday due to severe winter weather that has resulted in heavy snow and ice accumulation, high winds, critical transportation failures, and loss of power and communications capabilities.
The declaration applies to Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill Counties
"The weather that set in yesterday and continued overnight has left extensive damage with hundreds of thousands of Oregonians without power," Governor Brown said. "Because of windstorms, utility crews were not able to safely start work on restoring power until this morning. Crews are out in full force now and are coordinating with local emergency response teams on communications for emergency services, such as warming centers. I'm committed to making state resources available to ensure crews have the resources they need on the ground."
The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to activate the state's emergency operations plan.
That means the OEM will use the personnel, equipment, and facilities from other state agencies to respond to and mitigate effects of the weather emergency.
Other state agencies including the Oregon National Guard, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon Public Utility Commission are also directed to provide necessary assistance as requested by the OEM.
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