Severe Weather

  • For emergency shelter information call 211.

    Tips

    • Power Outages
    • Flooding
    • Garbage and Recycling
    • Trees
    • Water Pipes
    Power Outages

    For information about power outages:

    Flooding

    Report flooding from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at 503-618-2626.

    After hours or on weekends, call 503-661-3906.

    Garbage and Recycling

    When driving conditions are unsafe, services may be delayed.

    For more information about delays, contact your hauler

    Windy weather tips

    • On windy days place garbage and recycling carts out in the morning to reduce the likelihood of lids blowing open overnight.
    • Only fill recycling carts to ½ or ¾ full, and place heavier items on top. This can help reduce loose recycling materials from blowing out of the cart and keep the lid closed.
    • Do not strap down lids as this will not allow containers to be serviced by automated collection vehicles.

    Service delays

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    If your hauler is unable to pick up on a normal collection day, they will attempt to pick up on the next service day. During bad weather, leave your roll carts at the curb.

    Collection is prioritized 

    1. Garbage
    2. Recycling
    3. Yard debris

    If pick-up is missed

    • Place extra garbage at the curb at no extra charge.
    • Recyclables that don’t fit in your full container can be placed beside your container, if secured.
    • You may also store recyclables in a secure location and gradually add extra recycling over the following weeks. 
    • There is no additional charge for extra garbage if collection is canceled.
    • No credit will be applied if collection is missed. Haulers pick up additional waste at no extra charge to customers when it is unsafe to collect during normal schedules. 
    Trees

    If you see a tree that is damaged or fallen:

    • Call 911 if the tree is blocking a road. City crews will clear the roadway.
    • Do not drive under downed trees or remove barricades if a road is closed. 
    • Property owners are responsible for street trees behind the curb. Please clear the sidewalk next to your property and remove all debris. 
    • Does your street tree need to be replaced? See our street tree guidelines.
    Water Pipes

    Prepare

    Report

    To report a water main break or a hydrant leak, contact Water Operations:

    • During business hours: 503-618-2626 
    • Evenings or weekends: Call 503-661-3906 and we will dispatch staff as needed.

    How to turn off your water meter 

    In this short video tutorial, we demonstrate the steps.

    Need help? Call Water Operations at the numbers listed above first so we can dispatch someone to help you if possible. This may help you avoid damage to the meter box's water valve and possible repair work, especially if you're planning a plumbing project. 

  • Transportation

    Stay home when conditions are too dangerous to travel safely. If you must travel, check road conditions at TripCheck.com.

    • City Road Operations
    • Deicing
    • Public Transportation
    City Road Operations

    Use the City’s interactive plow map to see if your street is a primary, secondary or neighborhood street.

    Gresham crews anti-ice, de-ice, plow or sand streets – or a combination of techniques – depending on conditions. The City’s winter response route consists of three categories:

    • Priority 1: hospital and emergency routes, arterial streets, and bridges
    • Priority 2: through and collector streets and steep grades
    • Priority 3: residential streets, cul-de-sacs, and dead ends

    If inclement weather persists, crews may focus on the Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets until weather improves. Depending on the severity of the weather event, the City may not be able to anti-ice, sand or plow residential streets, cul-de-sacs and dead ends.

    Deicing

    Deicing tips

    • Be prepared: purchase sand/gravel and deicer from your local hardware store.
    • Apply deicer to walkways before the snow/ice event to keep ice from forming.
    • Products made with calcium chloride, potassium chloride or magnesium chloride are safer for pets, soil and plants, and our local streams.
    • Avoid using rock or table salt – it is toxic to soil, plants and streams.
    • Use a shovel, sand and gravel to reduce slip hazards instead of chemicals whenever possible.
    • After the event, sweep up excess sand/gravel and deicing pellets and put in your trash. 
    • Keep your car windows deiced by covering before the event with a tarp or sheet, or apply a vinegar and water solution in a 3:1 ratio, respectively.   
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