Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I wanted to take a moment to share some critical information about current weather events affecting Salem and Marion County residents, especially those without power.
A State of Emergency Declaration for the City of Salem has been issued, effective Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, to facilitate continued response to the severe winter storm that impacted the Salem area over the weekend. The Declaration will remain in effect for the next 7 days and authorizes the City Manager to:
- Activate the City's Emergency Operations Center;
- Spend City funds in an effort to reduce the threat to life and property;
- Enter into agreements with service providers for clean-up and protection of City infrastructure;
- Issue additional orders, if needed, to address the emergency conditions.
"The impact that this storm has had on our residents and community is just unbelievable, and we're seeing these effects everywhere, said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. This order will allow us to continue getting the resources that we need for cleanup and response measures here in Salem."
Hazardous trees and conditions continue to persist across Salem. City crews continue to respond to fallen trees, debris, traffic signal failures, and other emergencies. Despite improved weather conditions, the threat of falling trees and limbs remains high. Residents are advised to distance themselves from tree-lined areas along streets and in parks as crews assess these areas for safety.
There are still a large number of locations that have power lines in trees. These areas must be safely cleared by the electric utility companies. Approximately 30 traffic signals have been restored to operation since Saturday afternoon, with about 50 traffic signals still without power. A list of local area closures includes the following:
- River Rd. S. from Croisan Creek Rd. S. to Viewcrest Rd. S.
- Mission St. SE at Liberty St.
- Minto-Brown Island Park (closed due to the number of large trees and branches)
- Please avoid tree-lined areas within all Salem parks.
City facilities and services
- Salem Airport
- Salem Library Curbside Service
Local service Providers
- Salem Health Vaccine Clinics
The City has been working with their resource partners to maintain communication with those sheltering in Wallace Marine and Cascade Gateway Parks. Salem police and code enforcement officers have added additional directed patrols to check in and make direct contact with campers. The City continues to support overnight campers with potable water, portable toilets, and waste management including garbage receptacles and garbage pick-up. Homeless shelters in our area remain open but may be without power. The ARCHES day use center is currently open and the Salem Warming Network will activate locations if the temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Sites are open 7 p.m.- 6:45 a.m. during activation. Guests are welcome to check-in at any time throughout the night. Locations for warming centers include:
Residents may also contact the Cascades Region of the American Red Cross at 503-585-5414 if additional services are needed.
Please stay home and off the roads if possible. Road and tree concerns can be reported to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311 or by email to [email protected].
Ice Storm Impacts
Downed trees and downed power lines continue to create hazardous conditions throughout Marion County. Many county roads are blocked and may remain so for several days.
Please stay home and only travel if absolutely necessary.
Check on your neighbors. Do you know know someone who lives alone, is elderly, or otherwise vulnerable? Reach out to find out if they are doing OK or need anything.
Power company crews are out working to restore power to our communities. Due to the volume of downed lines and trees, power outages could be prolonged in some areas.
Power outages may also affect cellular service until power is restored to local towers.
To check the status of power outages in your area, check with your local provider.
PGE: https://portlandgeneral.com/outages or 800-544-1795
Salem Electric: https://www.salemelectric.com/outage-information or 503-362-3601
CPI: https://www.cpi.coop/safety/outage-information or 800-872-9036
Pacific Power: https://www.pacificpower.net/outages-safety.html or 877-508-5088
Winter Storm Debris Management
Updated 2-15-21 at 11:45 AM
North Marion Transfer Station — Closed
Salem-Keizer Transfer Station — Open Regular Hours
Storm Debris Drop-Off Locations
Wood and yard debris only
Keizer — Little League Park: 5245 Ridge Dr. NE Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stayton — Mill Creek Park: 2800 Kindle Way SE
Turner — Lake Parking lot: 6185 Turner Lake Road
Woodburn — Legion Park: 1385 Park Ave
Report Power Outages
Please also do not call 911 to report downed power lines and outages. Please call your electric company or cooperative instead:
Pacific Power: 1-877-508-5088
Hood River Electric: 541-354-1233
Salem Electric: 503-362-3601
West Oregon Electric: 503-429-3021
Road condition updates are available at ODOT's Trip Check page.
Sign up for Public Alerts
Please use 911 for life-safety emergencies only; instead call 211, sign up for Public Alerts for updates, or call non-emergency lines for assistance:
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office: 503-655-8211
Hood River Sheriff's Office: 541-386-2711
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office: 503-823-3333
Washington County Sheriff's Office: 503-629-0111
Marion County Sheriff's Office: 503-588-5032
Oregon State Police: 800-442-0776
Please be careful and watch out for each other!
Representative Brian Clem
House District 21
email: [email protected] I phone: 503-986-1421
address: 900 Court St NE, H-284, Salem, OR, 97301