Eugene Public Works continues to monitor conditions as a winter storm moves through the area. Reports of icy conditions started early this morning and crews worked to put down sand and deicer and respond to slick areas.
Public works has nine trucks dedicated to the response with equipment ranging from deicers and sanders to snow plows. Staff are monitoring roads and bridges, and focus on high-priority commuter routes.
“Freezing rain poses the most hazardous winter driving conditions. If these conditions exist please, refrain from traveling,” said Eric Johnson, Surface Operations Manager.
Urban forestry units are on standby. The additional weight of the ice could cause branches to break and trees to snap, especially trees that have held onto their leaves.
Residents are advised to check the conditions and roads before making a decision to head out. Freezing rain also has the potential to take down power lines. People are urged to stock upon food, water and other necessities.
Property owners are reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks passable next to their properties.