Douglas County recovering from severe winter storm

ODOT crews have opened Hwy. 38 and Hwy. 138 West.

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 11:22 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2019 10:50 AM

DRAIN, Ore. -- The lights are turning back on in Douglas County after nearly a week in the dark.

The county was hit hard by the storm Sunday night, the snow knocking out power for thousands and shutting down two major highways.

On Thursday, power was restored in some areas.

Diana Gerding lives in Sutherlin and said she'd been without power since Sunday. Gerding said she's disabled, making it harder to get around. She stayed in her home with no electricity for two nights before packing up and making the drive to Myrtle Creek to stay with her granddaughter.

"The temperature got down to 50 degrees, and I was shivering," Gerding said. "I was in my bedroom covered up with everything I could put on, hat on my head and jacket and under covers."

Thursday morning, her lights and heater came back on.

Over on the highways, there was a lot of damage. Sections of Highway 138W and Highway 38 were shut down because of downed power lines and trees. Oregon Department of Transporation crews have opened both highways Thursday night. For the latest information on closures, click here.

The Chevron in Drain opened Thursday morning after power was restored.

Mike and Lorna Ramberg live just outside of Drain and said getting gas was their first stop in town.

"We just now got out to get gas and they got some...finally they got power," Mike said.

They've been snowbound since Monday morning. They, like many others, said they're ready for this storm to pass.

"We're just praying that the electric gets everything up," Lorna said. "It just breaks my heart to see everything broken."

Pacific Power and Douglas Electric continue working around the clock to restore power.

The county has the following shelters and warming centers available:

  • American Red Cross - Shelter - Winston Foursquare Church, 540 SE Main St., Winston
  • Lookingglass Grange - Shelter - 7426 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg - No cots or phones
  • Family Felowship - Warming center - 330 NW 2nd St., Myrtle Creek - Hot meals and phone charging
  • Dream Center - Expected to re-open on Friday

County officials said all Douglas County Senior dining sites will open for hot meals on Friday, March 1, at 11:45 am. Those sites are located in Glendale, Glide, Oakland, Canyonville, Myrtle Creek, Yoncalla, Glendale, Camas Valley, Elkton and Tiller.

They said volunteers will also be delivering meals to homebound seniors as road and driveway accessibility permits.

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