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Eugene declares ice-snow emergency, asks citizens to move parked cars off priority streets

"During ice-snow emergencies, on street parking on priority transportation routes is banned," the City said in a press release. "The ban allows emergency vehicles and snow-removal equipment to travel safely on roadways to respond to emergency situations." (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - If you are parked on a "priority transportation route" in Eugene, please move your vehicle as soon as possible.

Eugene Public Works declared an ice-snow emergency Thursday in the wake of freezing rain and ice storm damage to trees and power lines.

"During ice-snow emergencies, on street parking on priority transportation routes is banned," the City said in a press release. "The ban allows emergency vehicles and snow-removal equipment to travel safely on roadways to respond to emergency situations."

Ice accumulated on trees throughout the day Wednesday, causing many to come crashing down on homes, cars and power lines and across streets.

"This hazard is challenging because much of the debris is in the public right-of-way," the City said. "Public works crews need access to this space to better manage the debris and clear the road. Getting parked cars off the street is a vital part of this emergency declaration, allowing space for Public Works to respond safely."

With cold temperatures in the forecast, opportunities for the ice to melt will be limited. Eugene Public Works urges citizens to stay home, if possible, until conditions improve.

To learn more about the City's ice and snow response plan, visit www.eugene-or.gov/snow.

To report a power outage, contact your power company and take steps to keep refrigerated food safe.

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