EUGENE, Ore. -- Nearly 8,000 people across the area are still without power, and officials said crews are continuing to work to get power restored.
Officials said crews made significant progress restoring power Tuesday, but with the snow that fell Tuesday night, some of that work was undone.
Eugene Water & Electric Board officials said the outages in Eugene could last for the next several days. In other places like the McKenzie River Valley near Highway 126, the power could be out for up to two more weeks.
Currently, EWEB has 15 crews working to make the repairs, and they are working 16-hour shifts.
Joe Harwood, an EWEB spokesperson, said downed trees and hazardous conditions make it difficult for crews to even gain access to certain areas to make the repairs.
“Safety is our number one priority. Safety for our customers, safety for our crews. We’re going to work as fast as we can, but we are going to do it in a safe and sane manner,” Harwood said.
Many community members without power said in the meantime they plan to make the best out of the situation.
“It really brings the community out together any time there is something like this going on. Whether it’s the fire or snow or something like that, we always come out and start talking and helping each other,” Eugene resident Dylan Davison said.
Officials from the City of Eugene said it might take weeks to completely clear all debris from the roads.