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The big ice storm that hit the Eugene area in December 2016 proved a major challenge for local utilities. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares what EWEB learned from the experience.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) a grant for recovery costs related to last winter’s major ice storm.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.  

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Across Lane County, road crews are still cleaning up debris and damage from last December’s ice storm.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the recent heavy rains aren’t giving workers much of a break.  

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Eugene residents are still cleaning up from the ice storm in December which downed hundreds of trees and put 22-thousand households in the dark. This week, the city is hosting a debrief on lessons learned.

  

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The Trump administration has issued a federal disaster declaration for Lane and Josephine counties, for damages incurred during December’s major ice storm.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s welcome news for regional utilities, school districts, and government agencies. 

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board held an open house last night.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event followed one of the biggest outages the utility’s had to tackle. 

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.    

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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.

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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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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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

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

  

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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.

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UPDATE:  As of 4:30 pm Monday, EWEB now says 3,000 customers are without power. Utility crews continue to to work around the clock to restore power to affected areas. 

As of 11 a.m. Monday, 5,000  Eugene Water and Electric customers were still without power. The utility calls last week’s ice storm the most severe seen in decades with more than 20,000 customers losing electricity because of ice and tree damage.

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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.

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Financial assistance is now available to repair utilities and roads in four Oregon counties after February's ice storm. 

It's been two months since the ice storm hit the Willamette Valley. But residents and businesses are still paying the price. Recently, federal aid became available for Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln counties after President Obama declared the storm a disaster on April 4th.

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, or O.E.M., announced the Public Assistant Grant Program to help repair property and rebuild infrastructure.

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Fallen trees from the recent ice storm in the South Willamette Valley can still be seen littering parks and yards.  After the storm, it became obvious that certain kinds of trees were damaged more than others.  KLCC wondered why.

Alby Thoumsin is an arborist with Eugene’s Sperry Tree Care.  He says Oregon white oaks, silver maples and sweet gums were hit the hardest during the ice storm.  The reason has to do with the silhouette of the trees.  Vase-shaped trees sustained more damage than those shaped like cones.  

Heavy Rain Slows Fallen Tree Recovery Process

Feb 14, 2014

The Eugene Public Works Department says it may take weeks to recover from extensive damage caused by last week's ice storm, and this weekend's heavy rain isn't helping. Carrie Peterson is a Spokeswoman for the Public Works Department. She says the heavy rain is over-saturating the soil and causing already weakened trees to uproot entirely.

Petterson: "So the areas we once had cleared for the roadways and bike paths are now having trees fall on them again."