The Gales Creek Valley on Saturday, February 13. Photo: Chas Hundley
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Saturday due to the severe winter weather in the Willamette Valley that has left hundreds of thousands without power and closed highways , roads, and public transit across the region.
The emergency applies to Washington, Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, and Yamhill Counties, and will last for seven days unless terminated earlier by the governor.
"The weather that set in yesterday and continued overnight has left extensive damage with hundreds of thousands of Oregonians without power," said Brown. "Because of windstorms, utility crews were not able to safely start work on restoring power until this morning. Crews are out in full force . . .