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Portland Ice Storm Vexes Oregon's Largest City

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Trees and street signs are covered in thick ice during a major ice storm Jan. 8, 2004, in Portland, Oregon. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 01:19 PM

Portland's ice storm Tuesday brought Oregon's largest city to crawl with a prediction of up to three-quarters of an inch of ice in some areas helped along by freezing rain.

The city remained under a flood watch until Thursday morning because of the precipitation, The Oregonian reported. Spots near the Columbia River Gorge were predicted to see up to an inch of ice.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation tried to make roads passable by laying down gravel and sand at key intersections early Tuesday while warning drivers of the possibility of black ice, according to the newspaper.

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that stretches of Interstate 84 from Troutdale to Hood River would remain closed all day, according to KOIN-TV. The television station said a Walmart parking lot at Hood River became a resting place for many cars, tractor-trailers, and RV trailers as ice made any sort of traveling hazardous.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Tuesday that the ice storm presents a "community moment" when Portlanders should try to help neighbors, according to a statement on the Portland Bureau of Transportation website.

City officials asked residents to clear storm drains so that melted snow and ice can drain and to clear off sidewalks.

Many shared their warnings and feeling about the Portland ice storm on social media.

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