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POSSIBLE HEAVY RAIN AND HIGH WINDS NEXT WEEK SHOULD DRIVE RESIDENTS TO PREPARE

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News Release from Lane Co. Government

Posted on FlashAlert: January 23rd, 2024 12:28 PM

The National Weather Service is predicting a possible atmospheric river and high winds along the West Coast January 30 to February 3. If this weather system occurs as predicted it could mean localized flooding, more downed trees, and more downed power lines for Lane County residents.

 

The Lane County Emergency Management Office is encouraging residents to prepare for the possibility of additional power outages by:

  • Gathering food, medical supplies, batteries, pet supplies, among other things, needed by family members during an outage or evacuation for up to two weeks. (Be 2 Weeks Ready)
  • Keeping cell phones fully charged in anticipation of an outage. Consider a car-charger for cell phones and other electronics.
  • Keeping vehicle gas tanks at least half full, as power outages may impact fuel pumps at gas stations.
  • Making sure your utility service provider has current contact information for notifications by updating your account online.
  • People with medical conditions that require power can contact their service providers in advance of an outage to register a Medical Certificate. Utilities work to contact vulnerable customers, including those with medical certificates, in the event of an outage. Also, consider a backup generator or alternative location for power needs.

 

“A possible heavy rain and high wind event so close on the heels of the ice storm will be challenging,” said Interim Lane County Emergency Manager Jeff Kincaid. “Residents should do what they can to prepare for potential power outages and localized flooding. Lane County, cities and utilities have all been working hard to clear debris and restore power, but the amount of debris remaining along roadways can cause more water to build up next to or on roads. We will all need to be cautious and aware of risks associated with the incoming weather.”

 

Possible effects of an atmospheric river and high winds next week:

  • Localized flooding of rivers, streams and creeks.
  • Roadway flooding – especially as many culverts and ditches remain blocked by debris from last week’s storm.
  • Landslides – be especially cautious when driving on narrow, winding roads along steep hillsides.
  • Falling branches and trees are likely and can cause significant safety issues and result in more power outages if they land on power lines or poles.

 

More information to help people prepare is available at www.ready.gov/severe-weather.

 

People are also encouraged to track the forecast at www.weather.gov/pqr/.

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