National Guard on standby in case needed for storm aftermath

Members of the Oregon National Guard test out road conditions in Southeast Portland Tuesday and, if needed, will deploy Wednesday to assist emergency vehicles on Interstate 84. (Photo: Tatyana Bondarchuk)

A KATU viewer sent us photos of a convoy of military vehicles lined up along the road in Southeast Portland on Tuesday and wondered what was going on.

The military convoy was spotted around 3:30 p.m. on Southeast Stark Street between 109th and 111th avenues.

We checked with the Oregon Army National Guard and were told the soldiers were checking out road conditions and will be deployed to assist as needed, especially to support ambulance traffic on Interstate 84.

Officials closed I-84 from Troutdale to Hood River Tuesday as an ice storm pummeled the Columbia River Gorge.

According to the Oregon National Guard, it will be determined Wednesday morning whether the military will be needed, depending on whether the freeway reopens.

Last week Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency, which allows state resources, including the National Guard, to be used to help the state deal with the snow and ice storms.

According to the National Guard, none of the soldiers was armed.

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