Eugene Public Works is making progress on cleaning up storm debris from the December 14 ice storm, but there is much work still to be done. Our recent warmer weather has allowed crews to go back into neighborhoods where they’re picking up downed trees and limbs from public trees that are on streets and sidewalks.
Public Works would like to stress that this will be a lengthy process. Crews will have to assess hazards and clear debris from more than 500 miles of streets and more than 60 parks and natural areas. It will take a few months to move through the entire city. To see where crews have cleared storm debris so far, go to www.eugene-or.gov/2523. Staff will only move through neighborhoods once.
Public Works has several objectives as it continues this lengthy recovery effort:
- Identify and remove hazards in trees, both in the right-of-way and in parks
- Remove storm debris in the right-of-way
- Remove storm debris in parks.
Staff will balance debris and hazard removal with other essential services like street sweeping, pothole repair, park maintenance, and other regulatory requirements.
Public Works would like to remind folks about continued tree hazards in the right-of-way and city parks. People should be aware of their surroundings when they head outside, specifically when it comes to limbs that look like they could still come down.
Residents are also responsible for addressing any safety hazards for trees on private property that may pose a threat to pedestrians and neighbors. Additionally, property owners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks and driveway approaches adjacent to their property and keep them in safe condition.
Residents can help with the cleanup efforts. While staff will pick up any remaining leaves as they move through the city for debris cleanup, people can also use their yard debris containers to dispose of any remaining leaves, especially for smaller piles.