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Power Outage
1:28 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

EWEB Launches Text-Based Outage Reporting System

People text donations, they text votes to reality shows, now they can text a power outage. In time for winter weather, the Eugene Water and Electric Board has launched a new reporting service.

EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says when their system was overloaded in February’s snowstorm, they started working on a solution. During that storm they also had to educate some younger customers who didn’t know they had to tell EWEB when their power was out:

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Power Outage
7:21 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Several Thousand EWEB Customers Lose Power Saturday

Several areas in Eugene were without power for about two hours Saturday afternoon. The outages started just before three p.m., affecting several thousand Eugene Water and Electric Board customers and a University of Oregon basketball game.

Four substations malfunctioned, taking out power to the U of O campus, and Whiteaker and Coburg Road neighborhoods. Traffic signals went dark during the outage and the second half of the women’s basketball game was delayed by over an hour while waiting for the power to come back on.

Power Outages
10:34 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Ice Storm Causes Hundreds Of Downed Trees, Thousands Without Power

A fallen tree on Jefferson St.
Credit KMTR News, Eugene

Following last week's snow and freezing rain Saturday, utility companies have been dealing with power outages throughout the South Willamette Valley.

According to the Eugene Water and Electric Board, thousands of customers are without power particularly in the South hills, the Laurel Hill Valley, and a portion of southwest Eugene. EWEB Spokesman Joe Harwood says crews have been working through night.

Harwood: "It's one of those things where we take two steps forward and three steps back."

Harwood says multiple crews worked until around 3 AM trying to restore power.

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Weather
6:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Strong Storm Knocks Out Power to Thousands in Oregon Thursday

Credit wikimedia

A strong storm hit the northwest Thursday morning, knocking out power for more than 10,000 customers, including Portland International Airport.

A microburst of wind is blamed for destroying a barn in Polk County. Heavy rain dumped an average of one-third of an inch in a short period of time.

Steve Pierce is President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. He says the weekend is looking good.

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