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Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard

By James Day

This ice storm-damaged tree on B Street finally was taken down in mid-April. Trees that still appear to be a public hazard can be reported to the city for assessment.
This ice storm-damaged tree on B Street finally was taken down in mid-April. Trees that still appear to be a public hazard can be reported to the city for assessment.

Yes, the ice storm has passed and most of the debris has been taken care of. But what do you do if you see signs in your neighborhood of a tree that is failing?

The first person to call, said interim City Manager Bob Willoughby, is Sean Farris.

“Sean is the city’s code enforcement officer,” Willoughby said. “He is investigating reports of dangerous trees for the city. He coordinates with public works and other city departments to evaluate trees of concern.”

Farris can be reached at 503-874-2214 or
[email protected].

Willoughby also notes that residents spotting power lines that are askew should contact Portland General Electric. The utility’s phone number for such emergencies is 800-544-1795.

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