Wind storm leaves wreckage in wake

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Two trees felled by strong winds lay across Chemawa Road North and Northeast for most of a day while utility and public works crews scrambled to clean up and restore power throughout the mid-Willamette Valley Friday, April 7.

“We had to wait for PGE and Comcast to respond and remove the downed wires before the tree could be cut up and removed from the roadway,” said Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director. “Given the strength and duration of the wind storm, we actually fared pretty well.”

Strong winds blew through the area causing a wide range of damages to homes, vehicles, businesses and impeding travel.

R&R Tree Service assisted the city with cutting up the massive trees.

“We responded to 14 other locations and had to cut trees off of sidewalks and streets in nine locations,” Lawyer said. “In addition to trees we picked up about a dozen street and stop signs from throughout the city that blew down. Temporary stop signs were placed on Friday at the intersections that had stop signs down.”

Keizer Public Works employees were dispatched Monday, April 10, to install new posts where signs had blown down.

Nearly a dozen trees were blown over in Keizer parks. Wallace House Park lost five, Keizer Rapids Parks lost three and Mike Whittam Park lost three. A large limb also fell off a tree near the gazebo in Chalmers Jones Park behind the Keizer Civic Center.

(Some photos submitted by Devon Green, other photos by Keizertimes staff)