(March 26, 2021) –Last month, Oregonians experienced the most destructive freezing rain event in 40 years and over 350,000 residents lost power.
When the District lost power, Staff went into overdrive to keep safe drinking water and sanitary services flowing for customers. Due to loss of power, generators were placed throughout the District to keep essential services operating. Staff worked around-the-clock to ensure generators had fuel. Due to widespread outages in Clackamas County, access to refuel at local businesses to run the generators was extremely difficult to find. At one point, Staff had to drive as far as Canby, OR to find fuel.
When times got tough, community partners stepped in to help. The District extends our sincerest gratitude to Olson Bros Point S, Carson Oil, Cochran Electric, and Atlas Electric. Their support was critical for the District to continue providing essential drinking water and wastewater services during the ice storm.
As the needs of the District were being met outdoors, Staff in the office kept the business operating indoors. Rebecca and Bailie, both Administrative Specialists, went above and beyond to ensure customers questions and concerns were addressed while the internet and phones were down.
Our sincerest thanks to customers for your patience during the ice storm. The recent ice storm demonstrated the resiliency of our community, local businesses, and Staff.