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Thursday in Portland: OSFM, Red Cross send volunteers to Florida to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Sept. 29 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Oregon State Fire Marshall crew, Red Cross volunteers head to Florida to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian

The Oregon State Fire Marshall sent 13 team members to Florida on Wednesday to help people impacted by Hurricane Ian. The team is being lead by incident commanders Ted Kunze and Ian Yocum. They’re currently in Tallahassee, but will be sent out to support those impacted. The team will remain in Florida for up to two weeks.

“We are thankful to the Oregon fire service and our all-hazard IMT’s for answering the call to help Floridians,” OSFM Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. “Our IMT members train year-round to be prepared to assist in any kind of emergency or disaster, including hurricanes. Our office stands ready to help protect lives and communities. We are keeping those in Florida impacted by this storm in our thoughts.”

Additional Oregon-based Red Cross members will also head to Florida to assist with recovery and rescue efforts.

2. Rose Lane Project makes changes to NE Portland intersection to ease congestion

As part of its Rose Lane Project, the city of Portland has made a change to a 5-way intersection in northeast Portland. The project’s goal is to respond to increasing traffic and prioritize transit. The latest change to the Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Alameda Street intersection is that drivers can no longer travel eastbound on Alameda for a stretch or turn left on the street.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said the change will reduce congestion in the area and improve traffic flow. Dylan Rivera, a spokesperson for PBOT, said banning eastbound traffic for one block will ease things greatly, as over 2,000 drivers use the intersection every day.

3. Habitat for Humanity's Home Repair Program helps people stay off the streets

Habitat for Humanity’s Home Repair Program helps people keep their homes and ultimately stay off the streets. Their latest project was in a Hillsboro neighborhood, where mainly elderly and disabled people live in older homes that need timely, expensive repairs.

Through the Home Repair Program, Habitat for Humanity has helped over 200 families in the Portland region. The program has been around for a while, but lately more people are needing their help. Habit for Humanity’s goal is to do 55 home repairs this year, which is double the amount they usually do.

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