The focus Sunday remains on opening and clearing roads, as Eugene Public Works continues to coordinate with EWEB on remaining road closures. Many of the closed roads still have power lines mixed in with the storm debris. Public Works will remove the debris once the wires are removed and the area is deemed safe.
At this time, all priority routes are open. Public Works crews opened all lanes of Coburg Road yesterday near I-105. Six teams will move throughout the city today to open roads, remove hazards and widen travel lanes. They will also remove any hazard trees that pose a significant threat to safety. Public and worker safety, including inside work zones, remains a priority.
A few new calls of blocked roads came in overnight. This highlights the expectation that more trees will continue to fail over the coming days. The public is advised to continue to use extreme caution around trees.
Crews will also widen travel lanes on priority routes that are currently passable, but have debris in the road.
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.
Egan Warming Centers remain activated for tonight. 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. At this time, the shelter is open day and night until noon on Monday, December 19.
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.
For those without power, the City also urges taking extra precautions when using alternative power and heat sources during inclement weather. Use only listed and labeled equipment. Never leave such items unattended. Read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions. The use of gas appliances, such as generators, grills and bullet heaters increase the number of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer”, it is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. Exposure to carbon monoxide may cause headache, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, impaired vision, loss of consciousness and death. Battery operated carbon monoxide detectors are recommended. Make sure alternative heat sources are approved for indoor use. Pay special attention to clearance and ventilation requirements.
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.