COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- With the winter storm coming to a close, the snow is starting to melt, and Cottage Grove residents are making sure they're prepared.
Resident Karen Munsell said neighbors are banding together, thanks to social media.
"We've dug neighbors’ driveways out so they could get medicine, get food. The stores' shelves were empty at one point for lunch meat and milk and bread. It’s been an experience. We're still down, and now we're getting ready for the snow to melt,” Munsell said.
Some parts of town saw 18 to 20 inches of snow, and not only was there a lot of it, but it was wet and heavy, causing trees and powerlines to come down too.
The city is giving out sandbags and sand to anyone who needs it, hoping to hold back the treacherous flood waters as the snow continues to melt.
City Manager Richard Meyers said they’ll continue to replenish the sand pile on North 12th Street by Dari Mart.
"These (sandbags) are actually for one neighbor who’s going to need them who reached out on Facebook and asked another neighbor but he’s actually stuck in Klamath Falls. He works for the train, and they’re waiting for a helicopter to get them out,” Munsell said.
Overall, community members told KEZI 9 News this storm was unlike anything they've ever experienced.
“It was a learning lesson, and I hope that people take it as a learning lesson, and as we process through, get prepared because we've got to be better prepared as a community so we can help each other, but we did great so far," Munsell said.
They hope by taking the necessary precautions, they'll be ready for the next stages to come.