Ice jams continue to cause flooding in Portland


Just days after flooding threatened the city of Portland, city officials are dealing with it again.

Crews and volunteers are doing whatever they can to minimize the damage along the Grand River in Portland.

People have been scrambling to help their neighbors, including businesses owners, after word got that huge chunks of ice were breaking-up and moving along the river.

Earlier today 6 News got reports that the ice jam on the Grand River was shifting, causing even more flooding.

Safety crews have been evacuating people from this area.

They’ve also had to turn off electricity for some areas because the generators are underground, and shutting off that power makes it easier to deal with fires and other emergencies in the area.

This comes just days after flooding from the same problem forced businesses to evacuate.

Portland’s city manager Tutt Gorman says police have fanned out all over town, making sure people are safe.

He says this has really been a team effort with several agencies helping out.

But he added, this emergency is not over.

“Obviously as part of mutual aid, we stay in direct contact,” explained Gorman. “We’re working with the county manager, emergency manager, sheriff’s office. And so, everyone county-wide is aware of the event and providing mutual aid and services. So it’s all hands on deck and just a lot of great people making sure the residents are safe.”

This story will continue to develop and be updated.

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