Gov. Brown declares 10-county winter storm emergency, including Deschutes County
Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday declared a state of emergency in 10 Oregon counties, including Deschutes, due to severe winter storm conditions.
The counties included are: Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Linn, and Marion.
The declaration comes at the request of local officials and is based on the recommendations of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
"As our state and local authorities continue to work hard to clear roads, reconnect power and ensure the safety of the community, this declaration will provide additional resources and the potential for federal highway system funds in the future," Brown said.
“I urge all Oregonians to follow the recommendations of local authorities, and avoid travel while ODOT crews work on the roads and restore core services."
The governor's declaration directs OEM to coordinate the deployment of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police and the Oregon National Guard to support local communities as needed.
source: KTVZ 21