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Posted on: December 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Ice-Snow Emergency Still in Effect

While the ice has melted, the ice-snow emergency remains in effect.

During ice-snow emergencies, on street parking on priority transportation routes is banned. The ban allows emergency vehicles and heavy equipment to travel safely on roadways to respond to hazards and storm debris cleanup.

Public Works crews need access to this space to better manage the storm debris and clear the roads and sidewalks. Getting parked cars off the street is a vital part of this emergency declaration. A full description of ice-snow priority routes can be viewed at

Eugene Public Works has shifted its response to focus on storm debris cleanup. 20 work teams, including five contractor teams, are out this morning clearing storm debris from streets and sidewalks. Crews are also identifying and removing any overhead tree hazards.

The work will initially focus on main routes throughout the city. Crews will then move through the neighborhoods. They will only go through the city one time and will not return to pick up additional storm debris. This cleanup period will be lengthy and likely take weeks.

Residents should not place privately owned tree debris curbside for pickup. Homeowners are responsible for cleaning up and disposing of damage from privately owned trees. Public Works does not have plans to set up a debris drop off location for residents to dispose of their privately owned tree debris.

Residents can monitor the progress of debris cleanup at Public Works has created a map where crews have cleared debris. The map will be updated daily.

Public Works has cancelled its leaf and delivery program for this year. Leaf and debris cleanup are being combined for efficiency and effectiveness. Leaves that are still in the street will be picked up as crews work through the City to clean storm debris. Anyone who had requested a yet to be delivered leaf delivery as part of the leaf collection and delivery program will not receive their leaves. 

Eugene Public Works will pick up all leaves that are still in the street as crews make their way through the city to clean up following last week’s ice storm. Crews will be in the neighborhoods next week to pick up storm debris from public trees on the streets and sidewalks.

Public Works cancelled the remainder of this year’s Leaf Collection and Delivery Program because of the ice storm. Limbs and trees had mixed with the leaf piles, contaminating them for future recycling. Because crews are focused on storm debris cleanup, Public Works will not fulfill pending and additional leaf delivery requests.

Additional Important Public Information

The public is asked to call 541-682-4800 to report downed trees or road issues.

Only call 9-1-1 for immediate life and safety emergencies.

To report a power outage, call EWEB at 844-484-2300.

For information about emergency shelter, call 541-682-5900.

Remember that carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas, and extended exposure can lead to death. 

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