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Posted on: February 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Public Works Reaches Storm Recovery Milestone

Eugene Public Works has cleared a significant hurdle following the December ice storm. The number of tree-related jobs completed is now greater than the number of known hazards still remaining in City parks and along the right-of-way.

“This is another great example of the dedication of our crews,” said Kris Olson, current Incident Commander. “Public Works and our staff members place a high priority on community safety and clean up. All of the hard work shows.”

Here’s a look at some of the ice storm facts, current as of January 31:

  • Completed work on 1,815 trees in parks and rights-of-way.
  • 1,015 known tree-related hazards scheduled for work in parks and rights-of-way.
  • Collected an estimated 8,700 cubic yards of storm debris in the right-of-way and parks.
  • Utilized street sweepers to collect 500 cubic yards of sanding materials.
  • Logged more than 23,000 staff hours.

Public Works crews continue to make headway on clearing storm debris from streets and sidewalks. You can track the progress at www.eugene-or.gov/2523. There will be an increased presence of tree crews inside many of the trail systems over the coming weeks.

While staff continues to make great progress identifying and clearing tree hazards, residents should still use caution in city parks and be aware of their surroundings. 

Public Works continues to complete other key services like stormwater facility maintenance, park restroom cleaning and trash removal, pothole repair and other regulatory requirements.

Residents can help with the cleanup efforts as well. 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.

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