Thousands without power after snowstorm hits Willamette Valley

Thousands of people are without power as trees have fallen onto power lines throughout the area.

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 11:30 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2019 12:19 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Heavy snowfall caused power outages in the Willamette Valley on Monday.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board alone said they had more than 8,400 customers without service as of 11 a.m.

The outages were caused by trees and branches falling onto power lines and also heavily damaged cross-arms and power poles. EWEB said they expect more trees to fall through the afternoon and residents should stay indoors and avoid downed powerlines.

Crews are working to restore power, but customers in the Eugene area should prepare to be without power for a few days. Those in the McKenzie River Valley could be without service for several days.

EWEB recommends stocking up on supplies. To report an outage, call 1-844-484-2300 or text OUT to 893932.

According to the Lane Electric Cooperative website, thousands of their customers are without power. To report an outage, call 541-484-1151.

Emerald People's Utility District customers are also experiencing outages. According to a tweet, EPUD customers are likely to be without power for a week or more.

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