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Eugene Public Works Crews Brace For Another Ice / Snow Event

Rachael McDonald

It’s already been a busy, exhausting couple of weeks for Eugene Public Works crews and they’re bracing for possible freezing rain and more snow Saturday.

Crews are on standby for the weekend. Saturday’s forecast calls for morning freezing rain and a maybe more snow. About 4 inches of snow fell Wednesday in Eugene. Much of it is still on the ground.

Last month an ice storm brought down numerous trees and caused widespread power outages. Kelly Darnell is with the City of Eugene.

“We’re still trying to recover from the December 14th storm, especially in regards to responding to tree failures across the city and debris pickup.” Darnell says, “But in order to get ready for this newest storm we really needed to stop doing much of that work.”

The city is still under an ice-snow emergency declaration meaning vehicles are not allowed to be parked on major city streets. Darnell says the recent series of storms has made for the longest running incident command structure Eugene Public Work Crews have been under in her memory.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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