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Power restored to Eugene retirement facility after three-day outage

A retirement community that was in the dark for three days finally saw the light Wednesday night when their power was restored.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 6:59 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 12:21 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A retirement community that was in the dark for three days finally saw the light Wednesday night when their power was restored.

Monday morning started off as a normal day for residents and staff at The Springs at Greer Gardens on Good Pasture Island Road in Eugene until the winter storm knocked the power out.

Harold Greer said he was one of the lucky ones at the facility. He had a generator and was able to keep warm with a fire in his home, but that wasn't the case for all residents.

"We've got no heat," Greer said. "We kept the door shut as much best we can. There's no electricity. There's no lighting."

Robert Berry, another resident at the home, said his cottage at The Springs went dark around 8 a.m. Monday.

Natural light that shined through the homes made it easy during the day, but residents said the night is a different story.

"We have flashlights and things like that," Berry said.

Staff told KEZI 9 News they worked hard over the three days without power and did all they could for residents as they waited for the Eugene Water & Electric Board to restore power.

"We have additional staff that's been staying after hours just to help make sure everyone is comfortable and happy and we're keeping things going on," said Ashley Shulze, executive director at The Springs.

The facility used a generator that allowed them to have lights and heat in common spaces and access to their emergency call system.

Despite all the struggles, residents and staff told KEZI along with blustering snow, the storm brought a sense of comradery.

"Some of the people in the cottages here that are more able were out there shoveling snow and all that," Greer said.

"You would never know that there was a problem...it's really nice. People are really accommodating here," Berry said.

"We're just seeing just everyone taking care of each other, and that's one of the neatest things about this experience," Schulze said.

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