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Sherwood digs out from most amount of snow in seven years

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The city called out its big equipment as young people enjoyed 5 to 7.5 inches of the white stuff

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JAIME VALDEZ - Yasmeen Obeidi,8, turquoise jacket, and her older sister, Mariam,10, react as they go over a jump on Southwest Fisk Terrace in Sherwood.Sherwood came out surprisingly well from one of the fiercest winter storms in recent memory.

The Jan. 10 and 11 snow storm dumped between 5 to 7.5 inches onto Sherwood roads depending on where you live in the city.

It also shut down schools for three days (classes were cancelled Jan. 11-13), closed Sherwood City Hall on Jan. 11 and delayed garbage pickup by a day over the course of three days.

On Jan. 12, City Public Works Director Craig Sheldon said his crews were busy over the course of the last several days, deploying the city's two snow plows -- equipped with sanding equipment -- to clear city streets of snow and ice.

In addition, a snow blower, two backhoes and a tractor were used to help dig out city facilities, according to Sheldon. Also, some smaller equipment was used to remove down limbs and trees as well as to clear sidewalks.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JAIME VALDEZ - Aidan Kelly,11, dumps snow from a wheelbarrow as he and his brother, Finn (not pictured) and their neighborhood friends help shovel their Grandpa John Hunter's driveway.Sheldon said there were no street closures.

Unofficial totals from Gazette readers showed five to six inches of snow in the Old Town area on Jan. 11 while a reader reported 7.5 inches of the white stuff near Edy Ridge Elementary School. Not to be outdone, KATU Channel 2 was reporting 11 inches of snow atop Chehalem Mountain.

The storm resulted in the most amount of snow falling onto city streets and neighborhoods in seven years. In December 2008, a massive snowstorm dumped almost two feet of snow on the Portland-metro area.

COURTESY OF NICK MANNING - Zachary Manning of Sherwood peeks out of the igloo he built in his front yard on the evening of Jan. 11.Still, the storm ensured that students had plenty of time for outdoor activities and sledding fun. The most recent storm meant that students have now had seven days off from school due to weather conditions since Dec. 8.

On Dec. 8 and 9, winter weather caused Sherwood schools to shut their doors, mainly because of icy conditions.

That was followed a week later when a second more severe storm on Dec. 15 dumped snow and ice on Sherwood and neighboring communities in a "perfect storm" of sorts that turned road trips that normally take 10 minutes into an hour trip.

Again, Sherwood and neighboring schools were forced to shut their doors on both Dec. 15 and 16 due to snow packed and icy roads.

COURTESY OF EMILY CORNING - Park Street in Old Town Sherwood was covered in white during the Jan. 10 and 11 snowstorm.