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Prepare for winter weather with City of Portland resources

The City is responsible for Portland's streets, parks, water, storm drains and garbage collection, which can all be impacted by winter weather. Up-to-date winter weather information will help you prepare for – and get through – the next snowpocalypse.

From road closures to home heating tips, the City of Portland can help you stay safe when severe weather hits.

Road closures and transportation updates

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Get the latest severe weather travel tips, road closures, chain advisories and more on the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Winter Weather webpage. PBOT serves as the City's hub for real-time information to help you stay safe and get where you need to go during winter weather events.


Are you planning to visit your favorite City park or attend an exercise class? Check Portland Parks & Recreation's Inclement Weather Policy and Closures.

Water safety and service impacts

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Learn how to prepare your home plumbing for winter weather. Check out The Water Blog for news about winter weather impacts to water. Be our eyes and ears! If you think you’ve spotted a broken main, call our 24-hour emergency line at 503-823-4874. Crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.

Reporting downed trees

Did you see a downed tree or large limb on City property or public streets? Report it by calling 503-823-TREE (8733). Please be patient; Urban Forestry crews are minimizing safety risks and clearing the largest debris first. Emergency dispatchers are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Shelter for people experiencing homelessness

Working with partners, the City/County Joint Office of Homeless Services is expanding shelter options during the coldest months – with plans to offer even more beds during severe weather events. Get all the details on how to find support, or support people who are experiencing homelessness this winter.

Home Safety

Home heating can be a source of many hazards. From electric heaters to wood stoves, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of a fire. For more information on how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe in your home during winter weather, visit Portland Fire & Rescue's Fire Prevention and Safety Information website or PF&R's Twitter account for space heaterfireplace and other fire safety tips.

Garbage, recycling and compost collection

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In case of snow or ice, leave your bins at the curb. Your garbage company will come as soon as they can. Learn more.