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Public Work Crews Continue Clearing Roads

EUGENE, Ore. – Trees and debris on the ground have been a common scene throughout Eugene the last couple of days.
Eugene Public Work crews continued to clean roadways for downed trees early Friday morning and many said this is the worst they have ever seen.
They said the reason there are so many trees and branches falling are because of the ice that forms on the trees which adds more weight causing the trees to lean.
Public Works said roads are cold but dry.
They said only a small amount of deicing was necessary Thursday night and they could not get to some roads due to trees blocking the roadway.
Public Works said they cleared 12 trees from roads Thursday night, and said their goal is to open all roads by Friday evening.
Crews said although things are starting to calm down a bit, they still believe trees may fall in the coming days.
“It could still get worse if we get a little wind or a little more ice, even as the ice thaws there could be more branches breaking and falling,” said Matt Rivers, with Eugene Public Works.
Public Works want to remind folks that they only focus on clearing trees and debris on public property and not private.
The Lane County Board of Commissioners plan on meeting Friday morning where they are expected to declare a local emergency which will free up funding to help when there’s a large scale response like the one this past week.

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Lane County Commissioners Approve Local Emergency Declaration

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioners are moving forward with ice storm clean-up efforts.
The Lane County Board of Commissioners approved a local emergency declaration Friday morning.
This does not change clean-up efforts currently underway. The declaration will set the legal ground work to request emergency funds from the state, so the county can potentially receive reimbursement for clean-up up costs.

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Closures and Delays for Dec. 16

 

Eugene/Spring/Rose/Alb/Corv Emergency Reports for Fri. Dec. 16 – 6:43 am
 

Transportation (1)

• Lane Transit District – Buses on snow routes. 6:30 A.M. The following routes are on detour due to hazardous road conditions and closures: 1, 24, 27, 28, 40, 51, 73, 76, 92, 98. For more details: www.ltd.org/service-alerts or @LaneTransit UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:28 AM
• ODOT: Valley, No. Coast – After a night of very cold temperatures, travelers this morning should be ready for icy and slick roads. Black ice conditions and freezing fog are in many locations in the Willamette Valley and on Coast Range highways. While ODOT crews were able to plow, sand and deice most state highways yesterday and last night, water on the road has refreezed making for difficult driving conditions. Travelers should be aware of these conditions and adjust their driving behavior to the driving conditions. Cascade passes remain snow packed after several feet of snow the past 48 hours and chains are required. Travelers should allow for extra travel time, reduce speeds and be prepared for winter driving conditions. Posted: Fri. 16th, 04:53 AM
 Counties/Regional (6)
• LCOG – Closed. Eugene, Florence, and Junction City offices only; Cottage Grove and Veneta are on 2hr delay. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:40 AM 
• Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments – Albany and Corvallis offices on a 2 hour delay. Offices will open at 10:00 a.m. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:24 AM
• LCOG – Senior & Disability Services – Cottage Grove office – 2 Hours Late Posted: Fri. 16th, 04:59 AM
• LCOG – Senior & Disability Services – Florence office – Closed Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:05 AM
• LCOG – Senior & Disability Services – Junction City office – 2 Hours Late Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:41 AM 
• LCOG – Senior & Disability Services – Veneta office – 2 Hours Late Posted: Fri. 16th, 05:00 AM
 

Cities (1)

• City of Scio – Opening at 10 am. “Good Morning Scio” meeting canceled Posted: Thu. 15th, 06:06 PM
 Parks and Recreation (2)
• River Road Park and Recreation – All classes canceled. Aquatic/Fitness center open. Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:24 AM
• Willamalane – All early childhood before and after school programs, Middle School sports, and Two50 are canceled. All facilities will open at 9 a.m., except Bob Keefer Ctr., which is operating under normal schedule. For more information and updates, go to willamalane.org. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:07 AM
 

Colleges & Universities (4)

• Lane Community College – Closed. LCC all locations closed including Eugene, Cottage Grove and Florence. Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:10 AM
• Linn-Benton Community College – Open at 10 a.m. Posted: Thu. 15th, 06:30 PM
• Oregon State University – 2 Hours Late Posted: Thu. 15th, 04:03 PM
• University of Oregon – Eugene campus closed. All events are canceled. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 15th, 08:05 PM
 
Colleges & Universities – Public (1)
• Western Oregon University – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 07:11 PM
 

Lane Co. Schools (14)

• Bethel Sch. Dist. – Closed. Check website for more info www.bethel.k12.or.us Posted: Thu. 15th, 06:53 PM
• Coburg Community Charter School – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 06:44 PM
• Creswell Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late, AM buses on snow routes Posted: Fri. 16th, 05:46 AM
• Crow-Applegate-Lorane Sch. Dist. – Closed. Due to the winter storm and and unsafe conditions school is closed. School will resume Monday, January 2nd. Posted: Thu. 15th, 07:37 PM
• Eugene Sch. Dist. 4J – Schools closed, offices open. Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:03 AM
• Fern Ridge Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes Posted: Thu. 15th, 06:28 PM
• Head Start of Lane Co. – Full Day And Early Head Start classes canceled. All staff report to work at 10am. Los salones de Día Completo y Early Head Start estarán cerrados el viernes 16 de diciembre. Todo el personal de Head Start y Early Head Start se presentará a trabajar a las 10:00 am. Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:02 AM
• Junction City Sch. Dist. – Closed. Limited staff will be at each school from 1 to 3 today to allow students to gather items from their lockers or classrooms. We ask that students be accompanied by an adult and check in at the school’s front office. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:34 AM
• Lane ESD – Closed. Programs on Westmoreland and Serbu campuses follow Eugene 4J closure instructions. State Hospital program staff follow Junction City instructions. Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:23 AM
• Lowell Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late. Bus service will run 2 hours later than the normally scheduled time, and school is currently scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM. There will be no early arrival care or AM preschool today. Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:26 AM
• Pleasant Hill Sch. Dist. – 2 Hour Delay, snow routes for North Morning Star and Wallace Creek UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 05:56 AM
• Siuslaw Sch. Dist. – Closed. All Siuslaw SD97J schools are closed today due to icy road conditions. Posted: Fri. 16th, 05:55 AM
• South Lane Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late Posted: Thu. 15th, 09:14 PM
• Springfield Sch. Dist. – Closed Posted: Fri. 16th, 05:44 AM

 Linn Co. Schools (5)

• Greater Albany Sch. Dist. – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 05:15 PM
• Lebanon Community Schools – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 05:32 PM
• Linn Benton Lincoln ESD – Friday – Closed, Linn and Benton County Service Area Posted: Thu. 15th, 08:19 PM
• Santiam Canyon Sch. Dist. – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 05:32 PM
• Scio Sch. Dist. – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 08:14 PM
 

Benton Co. Schools (3)

• Corvallis Sch. Dist. – School canceled and district is closed. No evening meetings or extra-curricular activities. Posted: Thu. 15th, 05:38 PM
• Monroe Sch. Dist. – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 07:35 PM
• Philomath Sch. Dist. – Closed. Athletics and activities canceled UPDATE Posted: Thu. 15th, 05:46 PM
 

Private & Charter Schools (8)

• Albany Christian School – Closed UPDATE Posted: Thu. 15th, 06:16 PM
• Eugene Christian School – Closed. Christmas concert will be rescheduled in January. Celebrate the King! Posted: Thu. 15th, 08:17 PM
• Marist Catholic High School – Closed. Classes will resume Tuesday, January 3rd instead of Wednesday, January 4th. Posted: Thu. 15th, 09:15 PM
• Oak Hill School – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 04:51 PM
• Presbyterian Preschool & Child Care Center Corvallis – Closed Posted: Thu. 15th, 06:07 PM
• St. Paul Parish School – Eugene – Closed Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:21 AM
• Willamette Christian School – Eugene – 2 Hours Late. Parents drive as you feel safe. Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:28 AM
• Willamette Leadership Acad. – Closed UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:00 AM
 

Courts/District Attorneys (1)

• U.S. District Court – Portland – Opening at 10 am Posted: Thu. 15th, 08:59 PM

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Eugene Home Goes Up in Flames

EUGENE, Ore. – A fire destroyed a home in Eugene Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials said the cause of the blaze on the 1800 block of Pierce Street is under investigation.

The owner, who was the only person in the house, was able to get out unharmed.

Keith Perry, a passerby, said he called 911 after seeing the fire.

“Within about 30 or 40 seconds the fire was 50, 60, a hundred feet high,” Perry said. “There was just some plywood, a lot of plywood in the structure, it was kindling dry. It just went up in less than a minute.”

Crews shut down 18th Avenue between Chambers and Grant streets while battling the blaze. They were able to quickly put it out.

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Majority of the Country Seeing Freezing Temperatures

(CNN) -The majority of the country will see freezing temperatures by the end of the weekend, and many northern states will get a blanket of snow.

The same storm that walloped Oregon Wednesday is moving east towards the Great Lakes and will likely reach New England by Saturday.

Here’s what you can expect:
• Nearly 80% of the country will see below-freezing temperatures in the next week
• Wind-chill temperatures could reach 40 below zero in some northern states and 10 below farther south
• About 40 million people are under wind-chill advisories or warnings from Thursday through Friday morning
Blizzard conditions are expected to hit areas along the Great Lakes with strong winds and heavy snow into Friday morning.

Up to 10 inches of snow could fall in the Minneapolis area Friday evening into Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

Sub-freezing temperatures in the Northeast
New York and Washington, D.C. will plunge into sub-freezing temperatures over the next few days as the arctic blast sweeps east.

Strong winds could also be an issue. New York’s Central Park could see wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour through early Friday morning — along with bitter cold. High-wind warnings extend from New York through parts of Massachusetts where wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph in some locations from Cape Cod up into the Boston metro area.

High-wind warnings are in place for these areas and could cause travel delays from late Thursday into Friday morning.

The good news is that temperatures will rebound for some areas over the weekend. But the respite may be brief as the next arctic blast is expected to return to parts of the Midwest and Northeast by Sunday.

Portions of Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota are expected see their coldest air in two years.

Oregon grapples with snow
In the West, a snowstorm hammered parts of Oregon on Wednesday. Photos showed cars strewn across snow-covered roads and trucks spun out at odd angles. Officials asked drivers to avoid the roads as traffic ground to a virtual halt.

We are stuck in traffic trying to clear US 26. Lots of spun/stalled out vehicles. #pdxtraffic pic.twitter.com/EgU4EbXdsq

— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) December 15, 2016

In the Portland metro area, the snowstorm jammed public transportation and stranded hundreds of students who couldn’t get home due to dangerous road conditions, reported CNN affiliate KOIN. They got stuck in traffic on school buses or spent extra hours at school, waiting to be picked up after one to three inches of snow fell across the region. Many of the area schools closed Thursday to avert more chaos on the roads, according to CNN affiliate KPTV.

Oregon also had three avalanches Wednesday amid the flurry of snow, closing down Highway 20, said the Oregon State Police.

Sorry travelers…HWY 20 near Hoodoo closed again for 3rd avalanche. #snowpocalypse #knowbeforeyougo pic.twitter.com/nD4IbMqUO9

— Oregon State Police (@ORStatePolice) December 15, 2016

Flood concerns for Cailfornia
On the West Coast, a strong storm system is looming from the Pacific Ocean. It could dump up to eight inches of rain north of San Francisco and could extend as far south as the metro Los Angeles region by Thursday evening.

Flood watches and warnings have been issued for much of the state through Friday. Winds from this system could also reach tropical storm strength in the mountain areas as the storm moves towards the Rockies.

For more on other parts of the country click here.

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Eugene Public Works Declares Ice-Snow Emergency

EUGENE, Ore — Eugene Public Works declares an ice-snow emergency due to the freezing rain and impact of wide-spread downed trees.
During ice-snow emergencies, on street parking on priority transportation routes is banned. The ban allows emergency vehicles and snow-removal equipment to travel safely on roadways to respond to emergency situations. Public Works has nine trucks dedicated to making the streets passable and will focus on priority routes.
Officials said a significant amount of ice has formed on trees, causing branches to sag or break altogether. Public works crews need access in the public right-of-way to manage the debris and clear the road.
The cold snap is expected to last into the weekend with temperatures dipping into the mid-20’s. Already stressed trees will continue to bear a heavier load, making it challenging for vehicles. People are advised to stay home and off of the roads.

For more information click here.

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Driver Escapes From Submerged Car

EUGENE, Ore — Eugene Police responded to a report of a car submerged in a pond on Northwest Expressway.
Police shutdown Northwest Expressway Thursday morning from the Maxwell Connector to Cornwall so that emergency personnel could tow the vehicle out of Booth Kelly Pond. The initial call came in around 8:45 a.m. of a vehicle completely submerged.
                                         
“We got out here and we called see a car in the pond and fearing someone was inside. We had the fire department and search and rescue pulled the car out. Luckily we found nobody inside,” said Lt. Ron Tinseth with Eugene Police.
Police later tracked down the 22-year-old driver who reported slid on the roadway and as he was headed toward the pond. He told police he hit his driver’s side window button to open it, was able to get out the window and swim to shore.

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Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

EUGENE, Ore. — Police are searching for the suspect of an armed robbery.

They said a man entered the Best Western on Franklin Boulevard at about 4:20 a.m. on Thursday. Police said he used a handgun to demand cash from the employee. They said the suspect then ran eastbound with the cash.

Police were not able to locate the suspect, even with the help of a K9.

The suspect is described as a white adult man, 5-foot 10-inches tall, with an average build. He was last seen wearing a heavy, black coat, and a ski mask.

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Douglas County Experiences Major Flooding after Wednesday Storms

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Constant rain on Wednesday led to the Umpqua River rising out of its’ banks, covering parks and roads with water.
Roseburg Public Works Director Nikki Messenger said similar flooding happened last year, and destroyed the half-shell in Stewart Park.

Many people are hoping that’s not the case again this year.

“I hope not too, but this is pretty bad. I wasn’t actually expecting the river to be this high. It really happened quickly, and we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that there’s not too much damage,” said Roseburg resident Susan Snyder.

Further down the Umpqua, water that was just lapping against the side of the road early Thursday morning is now covering the road.

One resident said he just hopes the rain holds off for a while.

“I heard from my neighbors that.. I haven’t been here that long.. but that it does this every once in a while. It’ll come up – that’s kind of a low spot, where the bend in the river makes a big right hand turn. So, I’m just glad it stopped raining,” said Dave Carroll.
On Wednesday night, flooding closed a section of Stewart Parkway when Newton Creek spilled over and around the bridge.

Now the water has gone down, clearing the road.
As for the half-shell, Public Works said they’ll just have to wait for the water to go down to assess the damage that has been done.

Until then, they’re crossing their fingers that it’s not as bad as last year.

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Warming Centers Will Activate Thursday

EUGENE, Ore. – The Warming Centers are opening on Thursday with the temperatures expected to drop below 30 degrees.

Below are the locations of warming centers in the area:
-First Christian 1166 Oak, open for guests at 9pm (pets allowed)

-Central Lutheran 18th and Potter opens for guests at 7pm for over 65 and severely physically fragile (pets allowed)

-South Hills 38th and Hilyard opens for guests at 6:30pm (no pets)

-Valley Covenant 18th and Bailey  Hill opens for guests at 7pm (no pets)

-YOUTH SITE:  First United Methodist on Olive opens for youth 18 years old and younger (pets allowed)

-St. Matthews 4110 River Rd opens at 7pm for guests (pets allowed)

-Springfield 7th Day Adventist 12th and Olympic opens at 6:30pm for guests (pets allowed)

-Lane Community College main campus building. Opens at 7pm (no pets)

-The Lebanon Warming Shelter be open at 7 pm — 170 E Grant St. Animals are welcome but will be put in kennels.

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