December 6, 2013
Contact: Melinda McLaughlin, 541-968-0497
Eugene Public Works has declared an ice-snow emergency, effective immediately. Public Works opened its Emergency Command Center at 1820 Roosevelt Blvd. at 4:30 a.m. today in response to dry snow that blanketed the south end of the Willamette Valley overnight.
During ice-snow emergencies, on-street parking on priority transportation routes is banned. For a map of those streets, please see www.eugene-or.gov/snow. The ban allows emergency vehicles and snow-removal equipment to travel safely on roadways to respond to emergency situations. Last night, crews de-iced these roadways and they are currently plowing and sanding.
People are advised to drive cautiously. Roads are described as "messy," and the potential for trees and power lines to create dangerous situations. Roads are expected to be icy through the weekend. Traction devices are recommended.
The leaf collection is temporarily suspended and Public Works anticipates being back on schedule December 9.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks abutting their properties.
A full description of ice-snow priority routes can be viewed at eugene-or.gov/snow. Also, the public may call 541.682.4800 to report hazards.