Public Works crews will again focus on clearing roads blocked by ice storm debris. Many of the remaining closures still have power lines mixed in with the debris. Public Works is working with EWEB to remove the wires before removing the downed trees and limbs.
One of the focal points today is to open all lanes of Coburg Road near I-105. The trees have been too unstable to safely work until today. Flaggers are on scene, however this work could take most of the day. People are advised to use alternate routes.
Eugene Public Works has nine teams out working today. They continue to address road closures, including roads that only recently became blocked. They will also work on pushing debris further out of the way on many of the main routes.
Public Works would like to remind citizens to keep private tree storm debris out of the street. Public Works is charged with addressing publicly owned tree failures and when private tree debris becomes comingled it slows tree clearing down throughout the city.
The ice-snow emergency remains in effect due to the unsafe conditions. During ice-snow emergencies, on street parking on priority transportation routes is banned. The ban allows emergency vehicles to travel safely on roadways to respond to emergency situations. Public Works crews need access to this space to better manage the debris and clear the road. Getting parked cars off the street is a vital part of this emergency declaration.
The weather forecast looks to remain very cold and it is expected that more trees will fail. The public is advised to continue to use extreme caution around trees.
Egan Warming Centers remain activated for December 17 and 18. The centers are a coalition that comes together to ensure that homeless people in Lane County have a warm and safe place to sleep when temperatures drop below 30 degrees between November 15th and March 31st. For the full list of sites that will be active please visit the Egan Warming center website: http://www.eganwarmingcenter.com/
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for people affected by the outages and in need of a warm and safe place to stay.
The shelter is open and located at:
Spencer Butte Middle School
500 E 43rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
Individuals and families affected by power outages and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help. Community members may call 541-682-5900 for additional information on the shelter.
In addition, the City is encouraging people to be good neighbors. Those who are aware of a neighbor who is without power and may be vulnerable are encouraged to check on their safety and well-being if it is safe to do so. Those without power for an extended period are encouraged to shelter with family or friends who do have power. Local hotels are also an option for shelter.