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Major Winter Storm Brought Flurry Of Emergency Calls, Incidents

David Geitgey Sierralupe

Emergency response crews had their hands full last week, as heavy snowfall caused outages and disrupted traffic and operations throughout the region.

A Eugene Police spokeswoman says there were 275 calls ranging from downed power lines to disabled vehicles to reckless driving on February 25th, the first day of the storm.

That same day, Central Lane 911 dispatchers took more than a thousand emergency calls, more than twice the typical amount.  

Since then, City of Eugene Parks and Open Space crews have cleared 125 streets blocked by trees, and assigned 140 tree hazards to contractors.

And Public Works crews sent plows to all priority routes. A spokesman says as of yesterday, all routes were completed save for those blocked by trees or abandoned vehicles.

The costs to the City of Eugene in responding to the storm was last estimated at $350,000.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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