Accident Blocks Casino Entrance; ODOT Bridge Update; Flu Still Sticking Around; EMAC Meeting Scheduled; Volunteers Recognized

Accident Blocks Casino Entrance

A two vehicle accident with injuries shut down the west bound portion of 126 yesterday evening at the entrance to Three Rivers Casino Resort.  Police, fire and Western Lane Ambulance responded.  There have been no updates this morning on injuries, but at least one person was placed on a stretcher and was being attended to by EMS.  West bound traffic was limited due to the crash.  The scene was cleared for traffic by 6 pm.  One witness on the scene said that it looked like a vehicle leaving the casino failed to yield to westbound traffic on 126.

ODOT Bridge Update

It is pretty customary these days to have to wait for a short time when crossing the Siuslaw River Bridge.  Oregon Department of Transportation’s weekly update issues more of the same this week as crews continue to update railings and apply cathode protection.  Up to 20 minute delays continue for north and southbound traffic.

Flu Still Sticking Around

While flu season is waning the Oregon Health Authority says that influenza is still a daily occurrence for emergency rooms.  While not specifically categorizing them as the Flu, the designation is ILI or Influenza Like Illnesses.  That accompanied with respiratory illnesses are some of the most common occurrences over the past week.  OHA encourages people to continue to take precautions and wash your hands.

EMAC Meeting Scheduled

The Environmental Management Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow evening at 6pm at the Florence Event Center.  On the agenda is a review of the 2018 Solid Waste Rate along with a solid waste licensee review.  The committee is also discussing the possibility of a plastic bag regulation for Florence and will be looking at food and beverage container exemptions.  The new regulations issued from China regarding recycling disposal has also impacted haulers here in Florence and the reviews will take into account increased financial burdens on haulers.  Discussions on this will take place in executive session.

Volunteers Recognized

The Florence Area Community Coalition has announced its annual Volunteer Recognition Event.  it will be on Wednesday April 11th from 1-3 pm. At the Florence Event Center.  There will also be a Scholarship presentation for a graduating high school senior.  Organizations are encouraged to invite their volunteers to mingle with their peers.  There will be a keynote speaker, door prizes and refreshments.