Thousands of Lane County residents will be left in darkness and heat this weekend when utilities shut off power in anticipation of high winds that could knock down power lines and spark wildfires.
Both the Eugene Water & Electric Board and the Lane Electric Cooperative plan to shut off power to some or most of their customers from 5 p.m. Friday until at least Saturday night in anticipation of high winds.
The Springfield Utility Chart does not intend to cut power, but monitor and prepare for weather conditions.
Lane Electric will shut off power to nearly all of its nearly 11,000 members on Friday night, leaving only downtown Oakridge, Lowell and Veneta with power, according to a news release. The utility plans to begin restoring power Sunday morning.
As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, 2,156 Lane Electric members were without power.
“This decision was made after careful consideration of current wildfire risk, weather forecasts, consultation with emergency officials and conversations with local utilities,” the press release read.
For tips on preparing for outages, see: laneelectric.com/outages/power-outage-tips
EWEB will shut off power to approximately 3,000 customers east of Hayden Bridge to Vida, including areas of Camp Creek, Upper Camp Creek, Cedar Flats, Deerhorn and Walterville prior to the wind event, the release said. hurry.
Customers received 24-hour notice of the power outage via phone alert, email and social media, and they will continue to receive updates through ongoing communications, EWEB said in the press release.
Prior to re-energizing, EWEB crews will patrol lines and remove debris, make repairs if necessary, and respond to emergency reports of downed lines or other electrical system damage, according to the press release. .
Once this work is completed, EWEB will restore the service. The restore should take longer than usual.
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“This event poses an extreme wildfire risk and shutting off power will reduce the risk of power line related ignition for high fire hazard circuits. EWEB understands the impact on the community when the power is out in daily life and in these emergency situations. We will work to restore power as soon as possible after the close of this dangerous red flag event,” said Jeannine Parisi, EWEB Strategic Program Manager, in the press release. hurry.
Weather-related outages may also occur outside of areas where power outages are scheduled.
EWEB said customers should be prepared for at least 48 hours without power.
Important items to have on hand during power outages include:
- Flashlights or headlamps
- Battery or crank radio, fans
- Extra batteries
- Car chargers for cell phones and electronic devices
- Stored/bottled water for people and animals (especially if relying on electricity to pump water)
- Frozen cold compresses or frozen water in plastic bags or bottles (store in your freezer)
- Emergency phone numbers
Visit eweb.org/wildfire for more information.
The Lane County government was struggling to keep its website up and running Friday morning, although it appeared to have been fixed by 1 p.m. Residents needing emergency information due to wildfires or power outages can get it by dialing 2-1-1.
Lane County directs residents to three respite centers if they need to escape poor conditions in their own homes.
Centers can provide food, water, shelter from heat and smoke, and filtered air.
These locations are:
The Upper McKenzie Community Center: 54745 McKenzie River Dr. to Rainbow
Will be open from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday. The center can remain open if there is still no power on Sunday.
Oakridge First Baptist Church: 47606 School Street in Oakridge
Will be open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oakridge Public Library: 48326 East 1st St. in Oakridge
Will be open at its usual hours, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Veneta and Lowell are not opening respite centers at this time, according to the county.
Large animals and livestock:
Oakridge-area residents on evacuation notice can bring their large animals and livestock to the equestrian arena at the Lane Events Center, located at 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene, if they have no other choice for their animals. People should call or text Lane County Animal Services at (541) 285-8227 before arriving or leave a message if the call is missed.
Donations of hay and other large animal supplies are accepted at the Lane Events Center.
Residents unable to evacuate animals can fill out a form for possible assistance: https://lanecounty.wufoo.com/forms/request-animal-rescue/
Oakridge area residents on an evacuation notice can bring pets to the Greenhill Humane Society if they have no other choice. Space is limited, so residents should call (541) 689-1503 before arriving with pets.
Greenhill Humane Society can also help provide evacuees with crates and pet food. Donations are accepted to help support evacuated pets. Contact Greenhill before donating property.
Greenhill Human Society is located at 88530 Green Hill Rd. in Eugene.