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Storm a boon for skiers, thaw's a mess in town

Skiers and snowboarders wait to board the chairlift Thursday morning at Anthony Lakes.
Skiers and snowboarders wait to board the chairlift Thursday morning at Anthony Lakes.
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Almost a foot of snow has fallen over the past day at Anthony Lakes ski area.

And that was the quietest day all week.

One of the snowier series of storms in the past two decades has bestowed better than three and a half feet of powder on Anthony Lakes since Saturday.

On Thursday morning, dozens of skiers and snowboarders convened at the triple chairlift, aiming to get up the hill and make the first tracks in the fluffy new layer, said Josie Quillan, the ski area’s marketing director.

Anthony Lakes, which is open Thursday through Sunday, reported a snow base of 56 inches this morning, with light snow, light winds and 27 degrees.

The onslaught isn’t finished, either, according to forecasters.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow to fall in the mountains on each of the next six days, with another two feet or more possible during that span.

Conditions have been less pleasant, though, in Baker City.

The several inches of snow that fell on Wednesday were rapidly converted to slushy water by mild southerly winds.

Trouble is, the frozen ground made for a pretty poor sponge, with the result that ponds, and in some cases temporary streams, formed in places that aren’t suited to being submerged.

“It was kind of a unique situation,” said Tom Fisk, a supervisor in the city’s public works department. “There was no way for the water to soak in.”

Fisk said city crews used heavy equipment to dig ditches that drained water away from several homes in south Baker City.

There was also minor flooding on the west side, along Auburn and Court avenues west of 19th Street, where a “pretty good little stream” flowed past several homes.

Fisk said he hadn’t received any reports of serious flood damage to homes.

City crews also unplugged several culverts that run beneath driveways of homes on the west side of 17th Street between Grace Street and Auburn Avenue.

Water that backed up behind those culverts had started to erode the gravel shoulder of 17th Street, Fisk said.

Public works employees started early Thursday morning to clear snow from catch basins downtown, allowing meltwater to flow into the storm drains.



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