Pacific Power and Caltrans Prepared for Winter Storm

With a Winter Storm Warning in effect for parts of the region, both Pacific Power and Caltrans say their crews are prepared for the conditions.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 6:55 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- With a Winter Storm Warning in effect for parts of the region, both Pacific Power and Caltrans say their crews are prepared for the conditions.

Christina Kruger, Regional Business Manager for Pacific Power, said crews prepare year-round for storms like this weekend's. She said it is important for customers to report outages as soon as they notice something.

"If you see something please let us know, obviously stay away from any downed power lines or anything you suspect is a power line, don't go investigate," Kruger said. 

She said there is a relatively new way to report an outage. You can text 'OUT' to 722797 to report an outage. You can also text 'STAT' to get the outage's status. Customers can also download the company's app to get notifications.

"Let's say they're out travelling and they're not at home and there's an outage impacting their home, they'll receive a notification not only when it's out but also when it's restored," Kruger said. 

Chris Woodward, Public Information Officer for Caltrans, said there will be about 120 plow trucks out on the roads around the region. 

"Those maintenance crews work those areas of roadway all the time so from Winter to Summer months they are familiar with conditions and know what to expect," Woodward said. 

He said drivers headed north from Redding to Oregon should be prepared to slow down or possibly stop near Fawndale Road, which is about 10 miles north of Redding. Crews may be screening trucks and other cars to limit heavy traffic in areas of the I-5 corridor.

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