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Posted on: April 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Recovery Efforts Underway Following Wind Storm

Eugene Public Works crews made significant progress clearing damage from Friday's wind storm, but people need to be cautious in the coming days. Staff have not assessed tree damage in parks and along the trail systems. People are advised to be aware of their surroundings if they venture out into parks.

“Our focus today was keeping the public and staff safe as the storm moved through,” said Chris Girard, acting Incident Commander. “We’ve cleared downed trees from more than a dozen roads, but there could still be some hazards out there, specifically in the parks and on the trails.”

The storm brought dozens of trees and limbs, blocking 16 roads in all. Sixteen crews consisting of 35 personnel cleared trees from the roadway,, including several trees that fell on homes and cars. 

Other objectives immediately following the storm included clearing storm debris from off-street bike paths and identifying any hazards along the bike paths.

This cleanup process will likely take several days. If anyone finds a tree hazard, they should call the City’s non-emergency line, 541-682-5111. There is a crew on standby this weekend to clear any immediate hazards.

Staff will be out on Monday morning to clear any remaining hanging tree hazards and tree debris. Street sweepers, which focused on cleaning bike lanes today, also face a large task of cleaning debris from the streets.

Residents are urged to dispose of damage from their private trees.

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