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Strong winds and heavy rain wreak havoc on Willamette Valley

There are important reminders to be aware of when dealing with fallen trees.

Posted: Apr 7, 2018 7:43 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2018 8:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore - Police and city crews spent much of Saturday cleaning up the mess made by Mother Nature in the Eugene and Springfield areas.

Tree specialists ask all residents to be cautious after the amount of damage caused. "If a tree does fall, or a branch falls, or anything else, always check for any overhead wires, any kind of wires. If a tree does touch any type of wire, do not attempt to even touch the tree. Don't even go near it. Call the power company," said Mike Rose of M.R. Tree Service. 

In the event that a tree falls into or on your home and causes damage, it is important that you turn off your power, water, and gas. This should help prevent potential fires and flooding.

The Eugene Water and Electric Board has some safety tips when it comes to downed power lines.

  1. Immediately call a utility company if you see a downed power line.
  2. Stay at least 50 feet away from a downed power line.
  3. If you see someone touch a downed power line, keep away and call 911.
  4. If a power line falls across your car, attempt to drive until it clears. If that does not work, stay inside the car.
  5. Should you have to get out because of imminent danger, such as a fire, try to leap clear so you do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. 
Always make sure to drive carefully and expect delays out on the roads if you see repair crews working on power lines or cleaning up fallen trees.

In a Springfield neighborhood on McPherson Place, trees fell over causing a few power lines to go down. One resident told KEZI 9 News that large tree limbs fell on top of his roof in the early afternoon. " I was just sleeping and it sounded like a bomb. My dog started barking so I looked out my window and I saw the three trees that came down," said Gary, Springfield resident. He added, "I looked to my left and there was about a 40-foot branch that had a lot of branches coming off of it that had two power lines down."

There was no damage to his roof or the rest of his home. A Springfield Utility Board crew spent the afternoon repairing the power lines.

Many of these trees are located right behind residents' homes and are at risk of falling when there is severe weather. One neighbor said many trees have already been taken out because they were very dry and unstable in the ground. 

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