Oregon Governor Declares State of Emergency in Lane County After Winter Storms

After a week of severe winter storms in Oregon, Governor Tina Kotek declared a state of emergency in Lane County.

County commissioners requested assistance in repairing key infrastructure and utilities destroyed by the storms, which prompted the decision.

Severe Winter Weather Causes Havoc in Lane County

Winter weather wreaked havoc on Lane County, causing significant damage to roads and leaving some travelers stranded for hours.

Governor Kotek expressed concern over the extensive impact, stating, “Lane County has suffered extensive damage as a result of the winter storm conditions that we’re seeing across Oregon.”

Lane County Commissioners are declaring an emergency due to the severe icy weather, freeing up additional resources to respond and recover from the disaster:

Governor Orders Help for Lane County

Governor Kotek had previously directed state agencies to aid local jurisdictions in recovery efforts. The emergency declaration now enables Lane County to access federal support.

Jeff Kincaid, interim emergency manager for Lane County, highlighted the need for relief funds, saying, “This has had severe impacts across the region, it’s had far-reaching implications.”

Power Outages and Ongoing Challenges:

As of Wednesday morning, more than 36,000 customers in Lane County were without power.

The situation is compounded by fallen trees blocking roads and other obstacles, hindering utility crews’ efforts.

Despite warming temperatures, utilities anticipate several days for full restoration.

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Local Emergency Declarations:

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and several counties, including Multnomah, Lincoln, Washington, and Hood River, have declared local states of emergency.

While they receive storm recovery assistance from the state, they have not yet met the threshold to unlock federal resources.

Challenges Ahead and Caution Advised:

Challenges extend beyond power outages, with school closures, fuel shortages, and difficulties delivering supplies and medical treatments.

Governor Kotek urges caution on affected roads and encourages collaboration to overcome the obstacles presented by the aftermath of the winter storms.

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