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Eugene's South Hills hit hard by winter storm

Residents of Eugene's South Hills say many are without power and the streets haven't been plowed, even though they got more than 16 inches of snow.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 6:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The South Hills in Eugene have been hammered by the recent winter storm, leaving some residents snowed in.

People on West 28th Avenue off of City View Street said they got over 16 inches of snow, and their street hasn't been plowed.

Officals at the Eugene Water & Electric Board said there was significant tree damage in the South Hils and many people up there are without power.

"It would be nice if the city could plow all the roads," Jim Steele said. "I know they have to take care of the main arteries, but for us it's always like this."

Jim and his wife, Lynne, said they don't plan on driving off the hilll on Tuesday. Lynne said they have plenty of food and water and unlike many others in the South Hills, they still have power.

"We were completely surprised," Lynne said. "We saw a little bit of snow when went to bed at night, but when we got up in the morning, we were like, 'Oh my gosh.'"

The couple spent part of the day shoveling their driveway, but their street is still covered in snow, making it difficult to drive in.

While Jim appeciates that steep City View Street was safe on Tuesday afternoon, he said he's worried what more snow could mean.

"Getting out and then getting down could probably do it," Jim said. "But it's getting back up even with 4-wheel drive that could be difficult."

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