EWEB and Lane Electric to cut power to thousands ahead of high winds

Lane Electric crews work on power lines along Route 126 east of Springfield.

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.

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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.

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