Winter Storm Evening Update 03/02/2019 - Joint Release with Douglas County Government

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Douglas County is still in a state of emergency.  Road, utility, emergency and volunteer crews continue to clear roads, assist residents and restore services as safely and quickly as possible. 

The response from Douglas County Commissioners, Douglas County Public Works, and Sheriff’s Office personnel early Sunday evening was swift and immediate, utilizing all available resources. Staff in all county departments as well as numerous community resources and local businesses have offered assistance during the emergency, many of which are working non-stop to provide assistance in all areas of the recovery.

 The American Red Cross has opened a new shelter in the Elkton community. The shelter is located at the Elkton High School and will be operational tonight (Saturday, March 2, 2019) by 6:00 pm. The shelter will be equipped with food, water, cots, power for heat and charging electronics.
The Elkton Gas Station is being powered by generator and is open to supply gasoline, diesel and propane. Their hours of operation will be 10:00 am – 4:30 pm beginning on Sunday (March 2, 2019)

The following warming centers or shelters will be available Saturday evening (03/02/2019).
  • The Dream Center (813 SE Lane Ave., Roseburg) opening at 7:00 pm.
  • Lookingglass Grange (7426 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg) operating 24 hours.
  • American Red Cross Shelter – Elkton High School (739 River Drive, Elkton) opening at 6:00 pm.
The Red Cross shelter at the Winston Foursquare Gospel Center has CLOSED.

90% of main county roads are open with two lane access.  Crews are now focused on helping residents and clearing access and side roads.  95% of our transportation system was impacted by the storm in less than a 10-hour period.  DC had 1,300 miles of roads and 100,000's of trees impacted by the storm.  This is not a snow clean up, this is a debris and massive timber clean-up project.  The removal of trees and debris from our road infrastructure is just the beginning of the recovery process.  Our staff will be working on a long term plan to repair surface damage, cracks, re-striping, guard rails and signage.

All state highways are now open. This includes Highway 138E, Highway 38 and Highway 138W have been reopened.

 Due to the widespread nature of the work that still needs to be done and safety concerns for the workers, we are asking for residents to slow down and use caution when driving thru locations where clean-up is still taking place. Most locations do not have flaggers helping with traffic flow.

City of Drain residents are asked to continue to conserve water until further notice.

The Volunteer Service Center hotline has CLOSED. Requests for welfare checks or assistance for those with specialized medical needs should be directed to the Douglas County Dispatch non-emergency telephone number at (541) 440-4471.

Pacific Power, Douglas Electric Cooperative, City of Drain and others continue to work to restore power to homes as safely and quickly as possible. The damages are widespread and will take time to restore. Residents can check the progress of restoration by checking the following websites:
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.