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Oakridge residents pulling together during winter storm crisis

"It’s forty degrees in the house...we're cooking on a Butane...one burn of Butane...and we have like a half a can of Butane left," Oakridge resident Cyma Loverll-Beers said.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 6:04 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- For the Beers family in Oakridge, life has been far from easy these past few days. Not only did they have a tree fall through their house, they can't get ahold of any family members to tell them they're okay.

"It’s 40 degrees in the house," Oakridge resident Cyma Loverll-Beers said. "We're cooking on a Butane, one burn of Butane, and we have like a half a can of Butane left.”

Other Oakridge residents are also experiencing issues caused by the winter storm, but there are some bright spots.

"I really enjoy living in this community," community member Dana Harringer said. "Sometimes Oakridge gets a bad rap, but I think people -- when we're really struggling -- people come together and help each other out."

Harringer told KEZI 9 News people in grocery stores have been offering to pay for those who don't have cash. Others are giving people food who had theirs spoil when the power went out. People are even inviting friends, family and neighbors without power to stay in their homes.

"My mom's got a few people at her house," Harringer said. "The Baptist Church opened up for the kids who were coming down from Hoodoo and they all stayed there. I’m sure it’s going around everywhere. If someone has wood heat or heat in general, they're letting people stay with them.” 

Oakridge is a small town that's pulling together in a big way while they wait for things to return to normal.

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