Major Winter Storm Brought Flurry Of Emergency Calls, Incidents

Mar 4, 2019

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

Snow coming down in Eugene, February 25, 2019.
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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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