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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Current Information 12-17-15 / 8:30 AM - Winter Weather

Heavy wet snow over the past few days combined with expected rain will likely cause some localized flooding in areas where water cannot drain as well as ponding on roadways and low lying areas.  Take precautions to protect your property such as clear paths to drainage and move property out of low lying areas.

Use caution on roadways as road conditions will include packed snow, slush and ice.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Current Information 12-15-15 / 1:30 PM - South County Power Outage

Although Midstate Electric Cooperative has made excellent progress, there are over 400 power users still out of power in Southern Deschutes County and Northern Klamath County.  The existing outages are requiring more time consuming repairs.  Some users may be out of power into Thursday and Midstate is asking those people who are out of power to report outages to Midstate at 541-536-2165.

The American Red Cross is maintaining a shelter at the Cavalry Chapel, but the shelter is currently in a "soft closure".  This means the shelter can be reopened quickly in the event people are in need of a shelter, but is not staffed 24 hours per day.  There is a sign on the front door with a phone number to call to request assistance.  This number will be answered 24 hours per day.

The Cavalry Chapel is located at 16430 Third St (behind Ray's Food Place).

Current Information 12-15-15 / 8:30 AM - South County Power Outage

Midstate Electric Coop made progress overnight, but there are several hundred users still out of power.

The La Pine shelter is still open at the Calvary Chapel on 3rd St.  We will make a decision around noon regarding the status of the shelter.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Current Information 12-14-15 / 12:00 PM - South County Power Outage

A winter storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow in Southern Deschutes County and Northern Klamath County and caused widespread power outages throughout the area.  Midstate Electric Cooperative has successfully restored power to the majority of customers in the area, but up to 2,500 customers are still without power. Midstate Electric Cooperative has 1,400 miles of power line in a 5,600 square mile service territory, so this outage could be for an extended period of time, possibly up to 2 more nights. 

At the request of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the American Red Cross will be opening a shelter for those residents that are unable to stay in their homes.  The shelter will open at 2 PM on 12-14-15 and is located at:

Calvary Chapel La Pine
16430 Third St
La Pine, OR 97739

For up to date information, we ask residents to follow:

Local Media
DCSO website – Emergency Information in Quick Links
DCSO Twitter – @DeschutesSO
Midstate Electric Cooperative Facebook page
La Pine Shelter Manager – 541-639-1179

Please only use 9-1-1 for emergencies.  If you need non-emergency assistance from the Sheriff’s Office, please call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Please note the following precautions:

·         Stay away from downed power lines. Lines may appear to be off or insulated, but NEVER assume that they are off or safe.

·         Put on layers of warm clothing and avoid becoming chilled.  Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking.

·         Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system unless properly wired to do so.  This can cause fires and pose a threat to lineman working on the system.

·         Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Current Information 12-08-15 / 10 AM

With expected heavy rains at high elevations, we are monitoring local streams.  Streams such as Tumalo Creek and Whychus Creek are susceptible to minor flooding and can rise very quickly.  There is a self-serve sandbag station at the Sisters School District Office (525 East Cascade).