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Emergency Management & Preparedness

Posted on: February 18, 2021

Storm Recovery Update 3-29-2021

A huge thank you goes out to Mayor Palmer, Silverton Rotary, the Silverton Fire District and the 94 volunteers who contributed over 250 hours of service at Coolidge-McClaine Park and the West Bank Trail on Saturday. Due to their clean-up efforts the play structure and new bathrooms at Coolidge-McClaine Park will be open by noon today (3/29). Half of the park will remain closed for tree crews to continue their canopy work. Please stay out of the fenced areas and remain patient as the storm recovery efforts continue. In addition, the West Bank Trail is also now open!

Storm Recovery Update 3-17-2021

Starting Saturday (3/20) firewood and wood chips will be available FREE at the Eugene Field site (410 N Water St.). Supplies are available on a first-come, self-serve basis. Plan to bring and use your own equipment to cut, load, and haul at your own risk. Please be mindful of the noise ordinance for hours outside of 7 am - 7 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Reminder this site is not for disposal of wood debris, so please do not drop off any additional materials.



Storm Recovery Update 3-12-2021

Lincoln Park is now open!

Storm Recovery Update 3-10-2021

The contractors hired to help remove the debris at the Eugene Field property will begin mobilizing their equipment today (3/10) and will start mechanically removing the debris as early as tomorrow. This work will be occurring Monday-Friday from 7am-5pm and is expected to be noisy. After the contractors have completed their work, there will be an opportunity for residents to collect firewood on the site. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we proceed with the storm recovery efforts.

Storm Recovery Update 3-8-2021

The contractors hired to help remove the debris pile at the Eugene Field property notified the City of their ability to start the process on Friday (3/12), which is earlier than previously posted! On Friday, they will begin removing the debris pile by mechanical methods.  Work is expected to be scheduled Monday – Friday between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm, and should be completed within two weeks.

Through Monday (3/15) residents may dispose of woody storm debris free of charge at the Salem-Keizer Transfer Station (3250 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem) or at the North Marion Recycling and Transfer Station (17827 Whitney Lane NE, Woodburn). Both sites are open 7 days per week from 8 am – 5 pm.

Storm Recovery Update 3-3-2021

Debris Site Closure and Update

The Eugene Field debris site is full and closed. Residents may dispose of woody storm debris free of charge at the Salem-Keizer Transfer Station (3250 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem) or at the North Marion Recycling and Transfer Station (17827 Whitney Lane NE, Woodburn) through March 15. Both sites are open 7 days per week from 8 am – 5 pm. 

During the week of March 15, contractors will mobilize equipment to the Eugene Field property to begin the process of removing the debris pile by mechanical methods. Work is expected to be scheduled Monday – Friday between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm, and should be completed within two weeks. Stay tuned for future information about possible fire wood availability pulled from the pile.  

Park Update

Silverton Marine Park, Pioneer Park, Town Square Park, and the Eastbank trail are now open. Lincoln, Old Mill, and Coolidge-McClaine Park will remain closed indefinitely until the City’s contracted arborist can complete assessments and tree work. Please be careful of hanging branches which remain extremely dangerous. 

Storm Recovery Update 3-3-2021

Debris Site Closed

The Eugene Field debris site is full and closed. Residents may dispose of woody storm debris free of charge at the Salem-Keizer Transfer Station (3250 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem) or at the North Marion Recycling and Transfer Station (17827 Whitney Lane NE, Woodburn). Both sites are open 7 days per week from 8 am – 5 pm.

Park Update

Lincoln, Old Mill, the Eastbank Trail, and Coolidge-McClaine Park will remain closed indefinitely until an arborist can provide an assessment of the trees. Please be careful of hanging branches which remain extremely dangerous. Silverton Marine Park, Pioneer Park, Town Square Park are now open.

Wave Update

As of this morning (3/3) Wave is down to the last couple of pockets of needed repair. They will have construction teams in Mt. Angel, Scotts Mills and Silverton this morning and hope to have the last two major repairs completed shortly. They still have more service lines to homes that could be damaged and are working on repairing those as well. Residents who are still without service need to contact Wave directly. The best option is in person at their retail locations in Stayton (281 N 3rd Ave) or Woodburn (669 Glatt Cir.) or by calling 866-928-3123.


Storm Recovery Update 3-1-2021

Debris Site

The debris pile at Eugene Field is nearly full.  There is room for Silverton residents to drop off storm debris on Monday and Tuesday of this week, from 8 am-4 pm.  Starting Wednesday (3/3), the debris pile will be closed. Residents may dispose of woody storm debris free of charge at the Salem-Keizer Transfer Station (3250 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem) or at the North Marion Recycling and Transfer Station (17827 Whitney Lane NE, Woodburn). Both sites are open 7 days per week from 8 am – 5 pm.

Food Waste

The dumpster for perishable/spoiled food at Eugene Field will be removed today, because normal garbage service has been restored and the use has dropped significantly.

City Update

Public Works is forming a Storm Recovery Work Crew that will consist of regular and temporary employees who will be working on clearing all public right-of-ways. Please do not pile additional street tree brush at the curb. An assessment of street debris has been completed and any further added debris will not be removed and will be the property owner’s responsibility. The City is also in the process of hiring a contractor to grind the debris at the two sites. They will make an effort to separate firewood piles which will be made available to the public. We will let you know when it is available through another update.

Tree Permits

Emergency tree removal situations have declined to the point that any permits required by the Municipal Code for cutting down a tree are once again required and the emergency waiver of that requirement because of the ice storm has been eliminated. For more information, please visit: https://silverton.or.us/440/Urban-Forestry-Program..

Storm Recovery Update 2-26-2021

The debris site at Eugene Field will be open from 8am-4pm through the weekend or when capacity is reached. Staff will be checking driver licenses to ensure only Silverton residents who live inside city-limits are utilizing the site.  This site is for residential debris only, commercial debris will not be accepted. Due to safety concerns we are asking residents to not pull potential firewood from the debris pile. Staff does foresee allowing individuals to pick up firewood sometime next week, so stay tuned. Marion County residents can use the Salem-Keizer and North Marion Transfer Stations. 

Storm Recovery Update 2-25-2021

Update on Tree Permit Process

Cutting down any tree in a public right-of-way, any Oregon Oak larger than 30” in diameter, or 5 or more trees on private property requires a City permit in Silverton. Permit applications (which are free) can be obtained online: https://silverton.or.us/440/Urban-Forestry-Program or at City Hall which beginning Monday, March 1, 2021 will be open to the public from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday. An exception to this requirement has been granted by the City Manager, but only for trees damaged by the recent ice storm to the extent that they are an immediate threat to life or property. With the exception of some trees on private property, if you cut down a tree in Silverton, you must replace it with another approved tree. The City temporarily authorized tree removal without a permit, but we need to update the process in order to protect the trees and better track the impacts of the storm on street trees in particular.

Please contact Chelsea Starner at 503-874-2206 or cstarner@silverton.or.us to discuss whether a permit is required or to determine if you must replace a tree that was removed. Residents who cut down a tree without a City permit when one is required will have the burden to prove that it was a dangerous tree. It is recommended that you take pictures of the risk posed by the tree, get an arborists report, or have other documentation of the reason it would be unsafe to wait for the issuance of a permit before you cut down the tree.


Storm Recovery Update 2-24-2021

As a reminder, debris from trees on private property and adjacent street trees are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain. The City has opened a debris site at the former Eugene Field site for City of Silverton residents only. Marion County sites are available for others outside of city-limits. 

An assessment of street debris has been completed and any further added debris may not be removed and will be the property owner’s responsibility. For debris previously piled at the curb, if crews have already been through your neighborhood, do not pile additional street tree brush at the curb. Please take limbs and debris from your trees to a debris site or prepare the branches for your haulers and place them in your yard waste bins.  

If a street tree is removed, the tree will have to be replaced in conformance with the applicable Silverton Municipal Code standards.

Storm Recovery Update 2-22-2021

PGE Update

Crews are working 24/7 to help restore power. To track their progress visit their storm information page: https://portlandgeneral.com/storminfo.

Debris

The City has received reports of people disposing of trees and debris into Silver Creek. This is a prohibited activity within riparian corridors under Section 2.7.210 of the Silverton Development Code and could lead to blockage or damage to bridges along the creek and/or flooding. Please take your debris to the dedicated drop site currently located at Eugene Field.

Electrical Permits

The City is processing electrical permits as quickly as possible for storm repairs. If you are still out of power and have damage to the lines or equipment connecting to a structure on your property, you should contact an electrician or PGE to find out how to remedy the situation so your power can be restored.

Food Waste

The perishable food receptacle at Eugene Field is being monitored daily and will be replaced when full for the foreseeable future.  Exchanging receptacles may take some time, so it may be gone periodically.

Storm Recovery Update 2-20-2021

The Oregon Garden debris site is now full. The City has opened a secondary location at Eugene Field, 410 N. Water Street. The site will be open from 8am-4pm until further notice. Please enter off A Street.

Storm Recovery Update 2-19-2021

PGE Update

PGE has 13 crews working in the Silverton area, while they are making progress there still remains about 2,000 customers in the Silverton zip code (97381) without power. PGE noted one of their biggest challenges has been dealing with down vegetation and accessing lines. They are asking residents to make sure their down vegetation is not blocking their ability to repair lines.

Food Waste and Debris Drop Sites

Tomorrow (2/20) at 8am, Republic Services will be delivering a second perishable food receptacle at the Eugene Field site for Silverton residents who need to dispose of food waste. The Oregon Garden drop site is filling up, but will remain open (8am-4pm) tomorrow, please arrive by 3:30pm to allow for volunteers to close by 4pm. The City will be looking for an alternative debris site to be able to direct people to when the Oregon Garden site is filled.

Road Update

S. Center Street between Ross and W. Main will be closed for a minimum of five days due to safety concerns.

Park Update

Lincoln, Old Mill, the Eastbank Trail, and Coolidge-McClaine Park will remain closed indefinitely until an arborist can provide an assessment of the trees. Please be careful of hanging branches which remain extremely dangerous.

Warming Shelter

The Warming Shelter will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, but volunteers will be on call. If you need assistance with supplies please contact Sheltering Silverton at (503) 509-4797.

Storm Recovery Update 2-18-2021

Update at 4:45 PM

PGE Update
PGE has restored power to more than 560,000 customers, since the start of the storm, but as fast as they could restore power, mother nature hit again and caused more outages. Their crews, including the contract and mutual assistance crews, have made progress. By tomorrow night (2/19) they expect to restore service to all but approximately 15,000 customers. The areas that will take the longest were at the epicenter of the storm and were hit hardest. These areas include:
• Silverton and outlying areas (showing 2,162 outages in the 97381 zip code)
• The Gladstone, Milwaukie and Sellwood area 
• Residents in Canby and Woodburn as well as Sublimity and Stayton 
• Beavercreek and the West Linn area
The remaining restoration in these locations will take a bit longer due to significant storm destruction and challenges reaching the areas they need to restore.
Road and Park Update
South Street between Westfield and W. Main Street is now open. Pioneer Park is now open, all other parks remain closed due to damage and pending damage assessment. 
Warming Shelter, Showers and Food Sites
Sheltering Silverton’s Resource Center, located at 812 McClaine Street is open 1-5 for anyone (housed or unhoused) to get water, coffee, snacks, charge devices, firewood, and get warm. The Oak Street Church (corner of Oak and 3rd) is offering free hot meals from 11:30 am-2 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm until power is back on. The Silverton Municipal Pool is open for people to get a hot shower from 10 am-1 pm, Monday-Friday. Please remember we are also in the middle of a pandemic, make sure you wear your mask and keep your physical distance.

Update at 10:30 AM

I-5 Closure Tonight (2/18) 10:00 pm-3:00 am
I-5 will be closed tonight between Brooks and Aurora (MP 262-282). PGE needs to shutdown both the north and southbound directions of I-5 in order to repair two major power lines which are critical to providing power to the area. I-5 traffic will be detoured onto Hwy 99E with signs, flaggers and police . Please look out for flaggers and treat intersections where traffic signals are out as 4-way stops. You can always find the latest traffic conditions at www.tripcheck.com. 
Communication and Power Lines
AT&T and Verizon websites have the most up-to-date status on outages and repairs. Comcast has 100,000 customers without service statewide. Crews are coming in from California to help restore their service. PGE has updated their website to include additional details on their storm response. Customers can track their restoration progress and learn where crews are working here: https://portlandgeneral.com/storminfo. 
Public Works continues to clear secondary roads and will begin removing debris that is hanging into the right-of-way. Please see this important information from Oregon Department of Forestry: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Documents/forestbenefits/can-these-trees-be-saved.pdf regarding assessment of trees prior to removal. Although the City has temporarily waived the requirement to obtain permits for street tree pruning and removal, and removal of 5 or more trees on private property, we do ask that you have trees properly assessed before removal and notify the City of the location of any street trees removed by email at pwpermits@silverton.or.us..

Storm Recovery Update 2-17-2021

Update at 4:30 PM

PGE Update
There are still 5,000 customers in Silverton without power. PGE has replaced 100 power poles and there are 5 crews working the area 24/7 until power is restored. PGE expects power to be restored to all customers by this weekend if not sooner; however, there could be specific locations that have a unique problem which will extend this estimate and require additional attention.

Road Update
Oak Street, between 3rd and Church Street is now open, as is E. Main Street at Danger Hill. Church Street remains closed at this time. Public Works started clearing Fiske Street, but will need to wait until the utility companies have made the poles and wires safe for them to work in the area.

Debris Drop Site
The Oregon Garden drop site will remain open (8am-4pm) through Sunday, please arrive by 3:30pm to allow for volunteers to close by 4pm. On Monday, Public Works will assess the capacity and the City will ensure the public is notified of any changes to the hours of operation.


Update at 1:45 PM

Republic Services has placed a perishable food receptacle at the Eugene Field site for Silverton residents who need to dispose of food waste. Republic Services ran the residential Silverton route yesterday, but was unable to access some areas. If your garbage and/or recycling was not picked up, you can place it at the curb next Tuesday at no additional charge (overflow OK).

SNAP recipients may request food replacement due to power outage. The deadline to apply is 10 days from the time a lack of power damaged your food. To request replacement benefits, please call 800-699-9075 or email:  SSP.StatewideWorkshare@dhsoha.state.or.us. See full press release here: https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/DHSNEWS/NewsReleases/SNAP%20News%20Release%202021-0216%20EN.pdf.  

Update at 10:30 AM

The Public Works crew continues to work on clearing debris from high priority roads. After the roads are cleared they will start clearing limbs hanging in the right-of-way and on sidewalks. City crews cannot go onto private property to remove debris. Residents may remove any street tree limbs in the right-of-way that pose a hazard.  No permit is necessary at this time, however, for inventory purposes, please contact Chelsea Starner, Public Works Coordinator at pwpermits@silverton.or.us to report the location of downed trees. 

Debris can be dropped off at the Oregon Garden, just inside the entrance to the left in the gravel lot from 8am-4pm. In addition, Marion County is accepting woody debris at no charge at the Salem-Keizer and North Marion Transfer Stations located at 3250 Deer Park Drive, Salem. 

Silverton Police Department continues to perform wellness checks, including working with managers of complexes that we know house very vulnerable citizens and will work with Marion County Emergency Management to get them needed supplies. The City appreciates your patience and the community-wide efforts as we recover from the storm.

Storm Recovery Update 2-16-2021

Warming Shelter, Showers and Food Sites
Sheltering Silverton’s Resource Center, located at 812 McClaine Street, has power and is open 1-5 for anyone (housed or unhoused) to get coffee, snacks, charge devices, and get warm. Marion County Emergency Managers will also be delivering a supply of water, batteries and flashlights. The Oak Street Church (corner of Oak and 3rd) is offering free hot meals from 11:30 am-2 pm and 6-8 pm all week or until power is back on. The Silverton Municipal Pool is open for people to get a hot shower from 10 am-1 pm, Monday-Friday. Please remember we are also in the middle of a pandemic, make sure you wear your mask and keep your physical distance.

Parks and Tree Information
The City is asking the public to not access City parks or walk under trees with damaged branches. Please feel free to remove any dangerous street tree limbs in front of your house, no permit is necessary at this time, but the City is asking you to let Chelsea Starner, Public Works Coordinator know the location of the tree(s) at pwpermits@silverton.or.us. Never touch, drive, or otherwise try to clear electrical wires. As they are being reenergized they are potentially extremely dangerous. PGE needs to complete their work before the City is able to finish clearing the roads and the right-of-way. In addition, please do not use power equipment around natural gas lines due to spark potential.

Mayor Declares State of Emergency

The Mayor has declared a state of emergency pursuant to Chapter 2.44 of the Silverton Municipal Code, beginning February 15, 2021. City Council will adopt a resolution mirroring and superseding this declaration on March 1, 2021.

The declaration continues to allow the City additional flexibility in terms of directing City staff, activating the Emergency Management Organization (EMO), and delegating resources as well as acquiring needed resources related to health and safety.

Having conferred with the City Manager Pro Tem and City Council members, the Mayor finds that the severe winter storm, in addition to COVID-19, constitute a public health and safety crisis that threatens the health, safety, and welfare of the City and the City’s residents.

The full text of the emergency declaration can be found below. 

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