Cascade Locks, Oregon – I-84 is still closed both directions between Troutdale and Hood River as of Thursday morning. Ice is making traveling too dangerous. Places like Cascade Locks just got hammered by freezing rain. Over a third of the town woke up today without power. The Mayor of Cascade Locks told our news partner KGW it’s the worst they’ve seen in half a century. He has declared an emergency, saying it’ll take awhile to get things back to normal.
Two inches of ice coats the Gorge near Bonneville Dam. Hood River has a little less with an inch and a half of ice. Crews have been clearing downed trees, downed power lines, and digging out semi-trucks still stuck on the road. Many travelers and truckers are stuck in Troutdale and Hood River, though the back log is starting to slowly clear out. SR-14 on the Washington side was reopened around 4pm Wednesday afternoon.
Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation says conditions are so icy and dangerous it’s taking crews extra time to clear I-84. Hamilton adds, if you must travel right now you can use SR-14, or Highway 26 and Highway 35 to go around Mt. Hood, but you still have to take it easy. No word yet on when I-84 could reopen, and still no light at the end of the weather tunnel for Eastern Oregon. La Grande and Baker city could get another foot of new snow.
Picture courtesy of News Partner KGW.