Disasters & Accidents

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Rain and snow showers will hit the region through Wednesday, with freezing temps overnight in the later half of the week. 

Because of the slippery conditions and limited visibility, state officials urge motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary.    

Brian Bull / KLCC

This week,  emergency officials will come to Lane County to review damage from the mid-December ice storm.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the visit could lead to local agencies recouping some losses.

David Geitgey Sierralupe / Flickr.com

Today, the Eugene Water and Electric Board – or EWEB -- is holding an open house to let customers weigh in on their response to last month’s ice storm.

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Overnight temperatures across the Southern Willamette Valley are finally headed above the freeze point this weekend. But plumbers remain busy taking calls about frozen or shattered water pipes from residents. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

With up to a half-inch of ice expected to accumulate on roads and trees early Saturday, utilities are bracing for a possible repeat of mid-December’s ice storm that caused significant outages.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Lane County Sheriff's Office

According to the National Weather Service a new ice storm is on its way to Lane County this weekend that could wreak as much havoc as the December ice storm.

ODOT

A landslide has closed U.S. Highway 20 west of Toledo. The State Department of Transportation says both lanes were blocked Thursday morning on the road between Corvallis and Newport.

U.S. Coast Guard

As of January 1st, the whole Oregon coast will be open for commercial Dungeness crabbing. It’s one of the most profitable fisheries on the west coast and, the most deadly.

David Geitgey Sierralupe / Flickr.com

After one of the most severe ice storms in decades, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is reviewing lessons learned in its response to a major outage.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Brian Bull / KLCC

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

Janet D'Errico / Flickr.com

Locals who’ve recently suffered storm damage to their home or business could get some tax relief.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

  

EWEB

As of Tuesday morning about 3,000 Eugene Water and Electric Board customers are without power. Crews are working to restore full power, but some residences might be without electricity for a few more days.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene Public Works says beginning tomorrow (12/20), its crews will begin picking up storm-related debris of trees owned by the City of Eugene.     

Brian Bull / KLCC

With several thousand people in Eugene still without power, a Red Cross shelter at Spencer Butte Middle School will stay open longer.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Alex Bull

Across the Eugene-Springfield area, utility companies are still sending teams of workers around the clock to to try and restore power to thousands of residents.  A Wednesday night storm froze countless trees, causing outages when branches and limbs collapsed, hitting lines.  Many more bits of debris have littered streets, sidewalks, and driveways.

EWEB

Utility crews continue to work to restore power in the Eugene area. More than 20-thousand Eugene Water and Electric customers lost power in Wednesday’s ice storm, but with temperatures lingering at or below freezing, more outages are possible this weekend.

Brian Bull

Across Eugene and Springfield, clean-up efforts are underway after Wednesday’s freezing rain lead to 17,000 residents without power, and countless downed trees and limbs.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Theodore Scott (power lines); Brian Bull (turkey) / Flickr.com, KLCC

Utility officials and Medford locals are trying to resolve a series of power outages caused by wild turkeys.

Since early November, the gobblers have caused four such outages, aggravating more than 1,600 customers every time.  

Flickr.com's Paul Bence

Starting Monday, December 12th, Deschutes County residents can text – rather than dial – 911 to call in emergencies.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains. 

Lane County Public Information.

Earlier this week we mentioned that part of the big creek road near Florence was shut down due to a landslide.  Lane County officials now report that the affected stretch between Highway 101 and Upper North Fork Road has been cleared for motorists.

Oregon.gov

Travelers near Florence are advised that part of Big Creek Road has been hit by a landslide.

Flickr.com's Ian Britton

This holiday weekend’s festivities also mean more traffic, and traffic hazards. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Three dams in the Willamette Valley are being checked out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s part of an ongoing program to ensure their safety and stability.  

OPB

With the possibility of a high-magnitude Cascadia earthquake, people across Oregon are giving more thought to disaster preparedness. But if you live on the coast, another natural threat looms – tsunamis.

Michael Sullivan, The News-Review

Train track conditions – including possible issues related to heavy rains – caused a five-car derailment last week in Dillard, says a spokesman with Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad. 

Flickr.com's Matt Hecht.

More storm activity is going to hit the Pacific Northwest this weekend.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s expected to be stronger than Thursday’s gusts and rain.

Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue (Allison Johnson, photo)

A tornado hit the coastal town of Manzanita this morning.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, clean-up has begun ahead of a second predicted wave of gusts and rain during the weekend.  

Oregon leaders know there’s a one in three chance of a massive earthquake and tsunami over the next 50 years.

Those are high odds. And they’re the reason why some people are frustrated Oregon State University plans to build a $50 million dollar research center smack in the middle of the tsunami zone.

In Newport’s harbor, moored next to all the fishing boats, lies the Newport Belle.

It’s an old stern-wheeler that’s been turned into a bed and breakfast by owner, Michael Wilkinson.

Brian Bull

Clean-up continues at the site of Sunday night’s train derailment.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, rail authorities are still trying to determine the cause.

Carolyn Osborne-Sommer

A Union Pacific train derailed in Eugene Sunday evening at around 5 o’clock. According to Union Pacific Spokesman Justin Jacobs, there were no injuries reported and there was no release of hazardous materials. 

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