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Down Trees Causing Power Outages

2-7 Frozen limbsCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Sounds of snapping limbs filled Cottage Grove Friday night as freezing rain started weighing down trees.

The National Weather Service says there was up a .25″ of ice coating trees that plunged many homes into darkness. Electric crews all over Lane County were out repairing electric lines that were taken down by broken tree limbs.

Another 0.25-0.5″ of ice is expected Saturday, which could cause more down trees and power outages.

Here’s a list of some of the outages as of 3 p.m.:

Emerald People Utility’s District: Coburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Dexter, Pleasant Hill, Fall Creek, Fern Ridge, Jasper, Lorane, Lost Creek, Marcola, Pleasant Hill, Springfield and Thurston.

Lane Electric: Cottage Grove, Creswell, Oakridge, Row River Area, Veneta, and West Eugene.

EWEB: Delta Oaks area, Russet Drive Area, South Hills, Saratoga area, Upper Camp Creek, Westmoreland.

Other Outages: Brownsville, Corvallis, Elmira, Halsey, and Sweet Home.

Electric crews warn never to touch downed power lines.

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  1. Glenda Slinger says:

    It is so quiet in Cottage Grove, many people without power. I think everyone is in bed covered up with their blankets. I know my grandson is and my daughter’s trying to brave the cold. I just worry about the senior citizens out there with no means of heat. There hasn’t been anyone out on my street this morning and its almost noon. Like the town just closed up and went home! The tree’s are hanging with ice and there is icicles hanging from all the roofs. Some of the trees don’t look like they can bend any farther. Dear Lord please keep all the repair people out there safe and let them fix what needs to be fixed. Take care everyone and please be careful.

  2. Linda Kornhi says:

    Ice laden tree branch just crashed on my van, parked in my drive!

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