'Cracking noises, things falling, things hitting roofs. It was kind of a scary night'

Lane County residents deal with downed trees, icy conditions and more. Photo by Ellen Meny.

EUGENE, Ore. - Many homeowners and drivers have to deal with icy roads, downed power lines and fallen trees after Wednesday's ice story swept Eugene and Springfield.

Crunch, snap, boom.

Just some of the sounds many Lane County residents continue to hear as the ice storm brings down branches and sometimes even full trees.

"We were hearing breaking branches all over the neighborhood, sounds like gunshots," South Eugene resident Wendy Gregory said.

"That's what's been going on for the last ... it's been, I don't know how many hours," another South Eugene resident, Michelle Taube, said.

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While some residents escaped any lasting damage from the ice storm, others weren't as lucky. Cars crushed, houses hit and rough roads. Mother Nature wasn't picky.

"Just hear these cracking noises, things falling, things hitting roofs. It was kind of a scary night," Michelle Taube said.

"Right on the side of our house is a big maple, and we lost quite a bit of that. And this big oak in the front yard, we lost quite a bit of that," her husband, Dave Taube, added. "We've been in Eugene for 16 years, and this is by far the worst."

If your car, house or yard took a hit - your private property - the Lane County Sheriff's Office says to call a private tree removal business.

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