Stafford Act Declaration in Response to California Winter Storms

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Stafford Act Declaration in Response to Winter Storms

January 9, 2023

In response to winter storms, President Biden has declared an emergency in the state of California.

What does this declaration mean if you are moving through Oregon in response to the emergency?

We are prepared to issue permits exclusively to vehicles that are transporting emergency relief supplies with heavy haul weights. The permit authorizes use of Interstate highways only. Under this permit, you are limited to the weights established in Weight Table 4.

If you require a permit to move a single, non-divisible item, contact our Over-Dimension Permit staff at 503-373-0000. Please notify us that you are responding to the emergency so that we might expedite your permit.

Note that vehicles responding to emergencies are still required to enter open scale facilities when a sign posted before the scale reads:

  • “All Trucks Over 20,000 pounds GVWR Next Right”
  • Or trucks with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or greater without a posted sign unless they are operating with red warning lights and/or siren.

If you have questions, please call us at 503-373-0000, option 1 for information about over-dimension loads.

For over-dimension permits outside of normal business hours, please call us at 503-931-1541.

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For help determining authorized alternate routes, contact the agency’s Over Dimension Permit Unit, (503) 373-0000, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For current construction and travel information, visit or dial 511.