Eugene's South Hills residents ready for a storm

On Tuesday afternoon some areas of the South Hills saw a light dusting of snow mixed with rain, but it didn't stick to the roads.

Posted: Nov 26, 2019 8:02 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Residents in Eugene's South Hills are feeling optimistic about this current winter storm but say past experiences have taught them to be prepared for the worst.

On Tuesday afternoon some areas of the South Hills saw a light dusting of snow mixed with rain, but it didn't stick to the roads.

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Mike Hatfield and his family live near Crest Drive and Blanton Road. He said during last winter's snowstorm, a broken tree limb cut power to his home for eight days. Hatfield said after that, he bought a generator to help keep the lights on in an emergency.

"I don't think this one is going to be so bad," Hatfield said. "I think last winter cleared out a lot the weaker trees and branches on our property."

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Neighbor Virginia Pritchard said during the 2016 ice storm, it was hard for people to get around and they lost power. She said her family keeps tire chains in their cars, knowing it could take a awhile for the city to plow their street, and said they keep emergency supplies in stock in case of a power outage.

"We tend to go get some dry ice to save stuff in the fridge or freezer and use Coleman stoves and light candles and play family games and stuff like that," Pritchard said.

Pritchard said she has family coming into town for Thanksgiving and hopes they don't get caught in the winter weather.

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