The City’s six plows are out on city streets working to clear remaining snow and ice, widen roads, and work on priority two and three routes. Reaching priority three routes, particularly in the south hills, has been challenging due to the round the clock need on priority one and two routes since Monday and the amount of solid ice in the hills currently.
Two City of Eugene tree crews and two contract tree crews are also out responding to tree hazards and multiple teams of tree scouts are assessing damage throughout the city. Currently there are over a dozen spots in Eugene the City is awaiting clearance from EWEB on to proceed with tree removal.
- Other than clearing the way for emergency response needs, neighborhood streets not deemed a priority one, two or three will not be cleared. This is due to the level of available resources such as snow plows, as well as the length and severity of the storm which has required a 24 hour a day operation just to keep priority one and two routes and many of the priority three routes open.
- Although property owners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear, it has proven for many to be an impossible task due to the amount and weight of snow. The City asks that motorists please be careful when driving and watch out for pedestrians trying to walk along roads instead of sidewalks.
- The public is discouraged from going to Hendricks Park, the Ridgeline Park System and Skinner Butte due to hazardous and downed trees, and people are advised to use extreme caution near trees in all parks.
- Cars parked on priority routes are still hampering the City’s ability to plow. The City’s ice/snow emergency declaration remains in effect which prohibits parking along streets designated as snow emergency routes while a snow/ice emergency is in effect. Community members are asked to move cars off these routes. To find out if they are on a priority route they can check out the map at www.eugene-or.gov/snow or call 541-682-4800.
- The debris being created across town as a result of tree crews working on city street trees will remain until late next week. At that time staff will be able to begin picking up this debris. This work will likely go on for several weeks.
As ice and snow melt there is some flooding. Community members are reminded to keep tree and other cleanup debris from their yards on their property and be sure not to block storm drains. Street flooding can be reported by calling 541-682-4800.