Seattle DOT sending crews to help with Portland snowstorm

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SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation is sending crews to Portland to help with the major snowstorm.

Officials with Seattle DOT told KIRO 7 they will be sending a convoy of  eight heavy and light duty salt and plow trucks, an aerial lift truck, a wood-chipper truck and a chainsaw crew.

About two dozen personnel from Seattle will be heading out Wednesday night.

The storm spread through Portland and parts of Washington state — toppling trees, closing schools and cutting power to thousands in the heaviest snowfall for the city since at least 2008.

In Vancouver, WSDOT reports there have been “several” abandoned vehicles along highways

Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation spent Tuesday clearing roads of snow and downed trees all morning.

Portland's snow diverted about a dozen flights to Sea-Tac Airport. 

Some Portland neighborhoods got more than a foot of snow, a rare event in a city known for its rain.

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