Well, the storm was over Monday, but we spent the remainder of the week continuing to clean up. We had some sites In East County and Vancouver that had 8-foot drifts due to the winds. In the southern Metro area, the ice knocked down limbs and trees. While we are itching to get back to our regular maintenance activities, many of our customers have and continue to have storm cleanup issues that we have been diligently working to assist with. The ice storm damage in West Linn, Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Salem is more significant than we have ever seen.
We have lost a week of normal maintenance production due to the storm and the storm cleanup. Although many of our employees worked 12 to 15 hours days over the weekend clearing snow and ice, many continue to work 10 to 12 hour days helping us continue cleanup activities. More frustrated that we are now behind our normal winter schedule due to the storm but will work diligently to catch up. We will likely be working overtime for the next month to help get back on track as we finish up our winter priorities. Not all properties have some of the horrific cleanup need, but we appreciate your patience in allowing us to focus our resources on our customers in greatest need. As mentioned, we will be working overtime and catch up over the next few weeks and appreciate your patience and understanding to allow us to serve those in greatest need first.