Eugene Declares Emergency Due to Snow

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EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene has declared a state of emergency due to the snowstorm.

The state of the emergency means residents can’t park on major travel routes. This allows the city to tow vehicles that keep them from clearing the roads or that may prevent emergency vehicles from going through.

Crews are now working 24-7 to keep those roads as safe as they can.

The city says trouble spots tend to be the higher elevations and the steeper grades. But with just nine pieces of equipment, they can’t get to everything.

Eugene Public Works says its biggest concern Thursday was making sure people could make it home safe.

“The way we handle that is through priority routes. So we’ve done a lot of planning over the years, so we have a good system of priorities routes that are intended to help commuters,” said Eric Jones, Eugene Public Works Spokesman.

The city’s been preparing for the snowstorm since Tuesday, so as of Thursday, they’ve gone through at least 2,000 gallons of anti-icing and de-icing fluids.

There’s no state of emergency in Springfield, but crews are also working 24-7. They’re focusing their attention on main roads and hospital access. Both cities say to avoid the roads if you can, and if not, be sure to find those alternate routes.

Click here to find the map of priority routes for the city of Eugene.

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