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Some Portland neighborhoods still trying to thaw out after ice storm

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People in the southwest hills of Portland were still scraping their way out from the ice storm Tuesday, as a thick coat of ice still covered cars, sidewalks and streets.

Rebecca Kennedy drove up to run a quick errand at St. Thomas More school, which is closed due to the weather conditions, and hopes the weather will soon change.

“It almost feels like there's a little snow mixed in with this rain up here, so I hope it's going to get a little warmer,” she said. ”The roads I took were all pretty clear for the most part, just getting closer to here is looking a little more frozen.”

To the east, Troutdale had started its slow thaw, and it could not come soon enough for some residents.

The steep streets outside many of the homes were too slick to drive or even walk on the past two days, but Tuesday’s conditions were improving, and people in the area began to brave the streets.

That same thawing action is more than welcome in still frozen neighborhood in the West Hills.

”I'd like to go back to work. We'd like to get the kids back it school. It would be great,” Kennedy said. “We had two weeks off. It would be really nice for the weather to warm up just a little bit.”

While much of the main streets are seeing the thaw, the ice will likely stick around on side streets and shaded areas for a while longer.  

Britta Bavaresco and her family live on SW 61st, near where part of the road remained closed due to ice Tuesday.

"Sophia, our daughter, was supposed to be at school today but we couldn't get out again.  Our driveway is completely iced over, we're starting to run out of food," Bavaresco told Fox 12.  "Even going down our driveway we had to be careful.  We had ice falling on our heads from the trees that are still fairly frozen."

Max Andreae lives near SW Patton and Hillside, on a steep ice-covered road that many cars had trouble getting down.  He left his own parked in a lot at the top of the hill, and had to walk down to his house.

"The ice has been pretty nasty. I would not wish for this again, for sure," he said.  "I saw a number of cars that actually got stuck right here trying to get down this street, and so we put some caution tape up on the stop sign [at the top of the hill] and people were not getting up and down this."

A spokesperson for the Portland Bureau of Transportation said crews have been focused on clearing main streets and transit routes since the storm hit Sunday, but many of the iced-over residential streets in the West Hills are too narrow, windy or steep for plows and de-icing trucks to get down.

Crews were physically chipping ice off city streets Monday night and Tuesday morning, and encouraged people living in higher elevations in Portland to be patient, focus on clearing off sidewalks and have traction devices for both cars and shoes until the rest of the ice melts.

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