Eugene Public Works staff reached another major milestone this week. Crews have completed the clearing of tree limbs and storm debris from city streets and sidewalks.
“This was an amazing effort by our staff,” said Chris Girard, acting Incident Commander. “This was one of the worst ice storms we’ve had in decades. The storm damaged thousands of trees and limbs. The fact we could clean every street and sidewalk, it’s a great testament to the dedication and perseverance of our crews.”
Public Works crews will not go back through neighborhoods a second time for storm cleanup. If residents still have small items or leaves left behind from the debris cleanup, they’re urged to utilize their yard debris containers. They should not place those items in the right-of-way.
While the debris cleanup process is complete, there is still much work to be done. Crews still need to address hazards on an estimated 900 trees throughout rights-of-way and in city parks. Crews have already cleared hazards from more than 2,100 trees in these areas.
While staff continue 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 parks and maintenance crews continue to complete other key services, including stormwater facility maintenance, park restroom cleaning and trash removal, pothole repair and other regulatory functions.