Power restored following high winds Saturday

M.R. Trees owner Mike Rose said, "If you have a tree fall on your house, make sure you know how to turn off your water, power and gas, and that you don't cause any more damages to the house or put yourself in danger."

Posted: Jan 6, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 8:08 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Power has been restored to thousands of homes after strong winds blew across Oregon on Saturday, causing trees to topple onto power lines leaving thousands without power.

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Mike Rose, the owner of MR Trees, said they received about six calls Saturday night.

"It was pretty gusty but not as severe as we thought it was going to be," Rose said.

He said the calls came in from Cottage Grove all the way to Junction City around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

"We had several calls of downed power lines and such, mostly just broken branches that were coming down," Ross

Rose said they didn't get any calls on Saturday night about downed trees, but that doesn't mean broken branches are not a concern.

"It's a good idea to walk outside take a look around look up in the trees and see if you see something a little odd that wasn't there the other day because you don't want something falling out and hitting you or another person," Rose said.

Broken medium-sized branches are also part of that concern.

"If it's coming down and spears into something, it can definitely cause some damage," Rose said.

He said to keep your eyes peeled for branches hanging over cars or houses because it can cause damage, and said damage from past storms can create future problems.

"The storm of two years ago with the ice and snow was the most damaging, and a lot of that damage can be broken -- like broken branches from ice and snow can be lodged in a tree somewhere and break loose in the little bit of wind we had last night," Rose said.

When it comes to severe weather, Rose said safety should be the most important thing.

"If you have a tree fall on your house, make sure you know how to turn off your water, power and gas, and that you don't cause any more damages to the house or put yourself in danger," Rose said.

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