Winter Storm Update - 03/01/2019 -- A Joint Release with Douglas County Government

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Today, Sheriff Hanlin and Commissioner Boice visited the community of Elkton. That area was especially hit hard with the storm that created problems across the county Sunday night. 

The power infrastructure which supports Elkton and the surrounding area sustained significant damage, which is estimated to take weeks to repair. 

The County’s Emergency Management Division, Sheriff’s Office, Commissioners and American Red Cross are assisting the local community in the interim by arranging for resources to deploy to the area. 

The following warming centers or shelters will be available Friday evening (03/01/2019).
  • The Dream Center (813 SE Lane Ave., Roseburg)
  • Lookingglass Grange (7426 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg)
The Red Cross shelter at the Winston Foursquare Gospel Center has CLOSED.

Douglas County road crews, along with various community partners will continue to work throughout the weekend clearing roads.  Good progress was made Thursday (02/28/2019) in the southern county district, which allows more resources to be focused on the northern district of the county.  70% or more of the main roads are cleared, and have two lane access.  Workers will now be directing their attention to access and side road clearing. 

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.

Those with specialized medical needs or those who are unable to pick up their prescriptions may contact (541) 464-6560 for assistance and information about resources. 

The Volunteer Service Center hotline remains active. Approximately 18 welfare checks and 30 phone calls were completed by the group on Thursday 02/28/19. The call center can be reached at (541) 464-6556 or (541) 464-6555.

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: 
Search and Rescue resources from across Oregon have been assisting the Sheriff’s Office with welfare checks. Over the past week, over 140 welfare checks have been completed. Those individuals contacted were notified of community resources available.

The Emergency Operations Center and county resources will continue to operate throughout the weekend.