Bracing for first fall storm: 'It makes things green in Oregon'

EUGENE, Ore. -- The northwest is gearing up for the first big storm of the season with record rainfalls expected for this weekend.

Eugene officials like public works employee Eric Jones are asking people to take caution.

"If you're driving, you're going to want to slow down. Don't go flying through the deep water," Jones said. "Unlike November storms, there hasn't been a lot of leaves falling so we won't get as many floods from clogged storm drains. For the most part though, you need to just wait and let the system drain."

For those Ducks looking forward to Saturday's game against Cal, fans say the wetter, the better.

"It makes things green in Oregon ... it's one of our true colors here," said University of Oregon graduate Dave Mackin. "You better be prepared. You better bring your ponchos and also be warm, because it could get quite cold out there."

But even with record rain totals expected for this weekend, true ducks fans will be in Autzen.

"It'll definitely be raining all the time. But I think that kind of makes it more fun. It adds to the experience of Eugene," said Will Sullivan, a University of Oregon student.

"It's beautiful when rain comes, and you've got to be thankful and it's a great benefit to all of us," Mackin said.

Jones said that any unsafe downed trees or power lines should be treated as emergency situations. To report storm-related hazards on Eugene's roads this weekend, call the Eugene Police non-emergency number at 541-682-5111.

For downed power lines call the closest power provider.