City of Eugene wants to improve preparedness before more disastrous weather

EUGENE, Ore. – The December ice storm took a community-wide effort to clean up. Its lasting damage made the city think about ways to better prepare for the next weather disaster.

Several agencies across Lane County put their heads together Wednesday to discuss what strategies worked and what lessons they learned.

Some of the biggest challenges they faced were staffing issues, limited resources and an overwhelming number of calls.

One way the City of Eugene restored power and cleared roads faster was by using technology to improve communication between agencies. limited resources and an overwhelming number of calls.

“Our tree crews can't work in an area until it's been cleared for electrical hazards by EWEB. And so we need to be able to communicate well on that. So having good information that's current, and gets out to crews working in the field, is a big issue for us,” said Scott Milovich from Eugene Public Works.

Wednesday’s discussion is available at

Meanwhile, the Lane County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring future weather woes, like potential flooding this week.

Officials say they are keeping a close eye on river levels, especially the Mohawk and Siuslaw rivers because they do not have dam systems in place.

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