Crews restore power from Thurston to Walterville

Eugene Water & Electric Board repair crews restored electric service to all customers in the Thurston, Hayden Bridge and Cedar Flat areas on Sunday as fire conditions eased.

Posted: Sep 13, 2020 11:49 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 1:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Water & Electric Board repair crews restored electric service to all customers in the Thurston, Hayden Bridge and Cedar Flat areas on Sunday as fire conditions eased.

Crews also restored service to Walterville east to the intersection of Highway 126 and Camp Creek Road. Other restorations completed Sunday include Camp Creek Road, Upper Camp Creek Road and Shenandoah Loop.

Areas east and south of the Camp Creek/Highway 126 intersection remain in the Level 3 evacuation zone. As those areas are downgraded to Level 2 or Level 1, EWEB crews will be ready to begin assessment and restoration work.

EWEB crews also worked Sunday with Fire Command to assist clearing power lines in areas where danger trees need to be removed or to provide access for Fire Command’s structural inspection and damage assessment teams in areas east of Walterville. Other EWEB staff are working with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies to remove danger trees and damaged power poles on secondary roads.

The highway remains very treacherous, and there’s been damage to the road itself as well as numerous fallen trees, power poles and large rocks. With the large amount of emergency responder equipment being transported and poor visibility due to heavy smoke and fog, extreme caution is required.

EWEB staff continue close coordination with Fire Command to confirm it is safe to re-energize power lines in order to ensure the safety of emergency responders working in the lower McKenzie River areas.

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