Despite significant progress in the cleanup following this week’s snow storms, there is still much work to be done. Eugene Public Works worked around-the-clock this week to clear streets and remove hazards since the flakes started flying on Sunday.
All of the major roads through town are now cleared of snow and passable. Plow operators were back out today creating more room on priority 2 and 3 routes.
Tree crews were out today removing trees and hazards from blocked roads. There are no longer reported trees blocking roads.
Crews also made significant progress clearing bike paths. A majority of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path and Fern Ridge Path systems are now clear. Crews also plowed the I-5, Beltline, Roosevelt, and Amazon paths.
To date, crews have:
- Plowed about 1,000 total lane miles throughout the city
- Distributed more than 1,000 gallons of de-icer and 62 cubic yards of sand
- Investigated nearly 400 requests for tree hazards; completed 100 work orders
- Cleared tree blockages from 125 streets
- Completed more than 100 work orders of downed trees and limbs on city roads
While crews made significant strides in helping to restore the city, there will be much work in the weeks ahead. There are still more than 100 tree-related work orders. Debris collection will also take center stage over the coming weeks. Staff will also work over the weekend to help with flooding.
Freezing temperatures are forecasted for the next few days. Melting snow could re-freeze and create slick conditions. Drivers should plan ahead before going out and slow down.
All of the city’s parks are open, however many parks and natural areas with trees are hazardous. There are a lot of downed trees in the parks and over trails and roads, as well as overhead hangers that have snapped but not yet fallen. Parks that are particularly effected are Hendricks Park, Skinner Butte, and the Ridgeline Parks System. There are also numerous hazardous trees in all parks.
The City encourages people to continue to use caution when outside as some roads and sidewalks may be slick and trees and tree branches may continue to fall. Use extreme caution with downed trees and do not cut trees with power lines or wires in them. It’s difficult to tell when power lines are live. Lines that don’t have power can suddenly be turned on as line crews are out working to restore power.
For those without power, the City also urges taking extra precautions when using alternative power and heat sources during inclement weather. Use only listed and labeled equipment. Never leave such items unattended. Read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions. The use of gas appliances, such as generators, grills and bullet heaters increase the number of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer,” it is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. Exposure to carbon monoxide may cause headache, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, impaired vision, loss of consciousness and death. Battery operated carbon monoxide detectors are recommended. Make sure alternative heat sources are approved for indoor use. Pay special attention to clearance and ventilation requirements.
Be a Good Neighbor
The City is encouraging people to be good neighbors. Those who are aware of a neighbor who is without power and may be vulnerable are encouraged to check on their safety and well-being if it is safe to do so. Those without power for an extended period are encouraged to shelter with family or friends who do have power.
Important Public Information
- Downed trees or road issues in Eugene: Call 541-682-4800
- Power outages: Call EWEB at 844-484-2300
- Immediate life and safety emergencies: Call 9-1-1
- Eugene Police Department Non-emergency line: 541-682-5111
- Non-emergency inquiries for County residents: Call Lane County's call center for non-emergency inquiries related to winter weather at 541-682-3977 (Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday TBD)