Lane County Begins Cleaning Up Storm Debris

Dec 21, 2016

Sawed up logs in Eugene, cleared from fallen trees.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County cleanup efforts are underway, following last week’s major ice storm.

Public works crews are removing hazardous trees and limbs from roadways, a process expected to take weeks.

Devon Ashbridge is the Public Information Officer for Lane County.  She says they’ve prioritized roads that let utility workers and emergency responders access parts of town damaged by the storm.

“Motorists though should still be aware that there are still some low utility and communication lines, above roadways…and so just to be cognizant that there’s still cleanup efforts going on, and there’s still reason to travel with caution," says Ashbridge.  

"And there’s also an increased amount of debris alongside the roads, which means that drivers don’t have as much recovery area in some locations.”  

Collapsed trees partially block a Eugene street at night.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County will only pick up debris that’s fallen on the roadway.  Residents must dispose of downed trees and similar debris on their property. 

Ashbridge says since last week, Lane County crews have logged 500 incidents related to the storm.