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Posted on: December 19, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Storm Cleanup Continues: All Roads Are Open

A small army of storm scouts are out today assessing damage and reporting what resources are needed for each hazard.

Several crews have been assembled, with large equipment and chainsaw operators. Crews will shift their focus from responding to single requests for service to moving through an assigned section of the City and addressing all issues in their sector.

All reported road closures have been cleared.

The weather is warming, loosening the icy grip on our community. Winds are forecasted to pick up later today, so there is a possibility tree debris or chunks of ice still stuck aloft will come down. Use caution and be aware of any potential overhead hazard.

To report any new tree failures and road issues, please call public works at 541- 682-4800. Please only call 9-1-1 for immediate life and safety emergencies. To report a power outage, call EWEB at 844-484-2300.

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.

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