Scammer Alert; Storm Causes Outages; Road Closure; Beach and Headland Warning

Scammer Alert

The Lane County Sheriff’s Department is once again putting out a warning.  Scammers are back on the phones pretending to be a Lieutenant from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office warrants section.  A community member was contacted and asked to return a call to 541-658-7006 extension 13 and received this message:

“You have reached the Lane County Sheriff’s office located at 125 east 8th avenue, Eugene Oregon 97401.”

The message then goes through 11 extensions before getting to the target extension.  Sgt. Carrie Carver says that these calls are scams and you should hang up immediately if you receive them and do not call the number back.  She also asks that you notify friends and family about these scams.  Callers usually concentrate on a particular area for several days.  Carver also said that if you lost money through a scam you should contact local law enforcement, if you did not lose money there is no need to call.  She recommends that you never give personal information including your name, address or banking.  If the caller claims to be law enforcement, call the listed number for that agency to verify.

Storm Causes Outages

It was a busy day yesterday for Central Lincoln PUD.  The storm that raged through Florence caused multiple outages.  At the end of the evening there were still over 400 customers without power.  This morning they are reporting 33 outages in the Florence area.  The majority of them are on the north side of Mercer Lake off Rustic Lane.  Crews are continuing to work on the affected areas.  Several inches of rain fell on Florence and winds clocked as high as 68 miles per hour whisked through town.  Trees and limbs scattered the streets and some minor flooding was seen on local streets.  The flood warning for the area has been cancelled but there is a high surf advisory and another high wind watch forecast for after midnight tonight through Thursday evening.

Road Closure

Lane County is reporting that Big Creek Road near Upper north Fork Road is closed due to a tree falling in the area.  The road is expected to be closed today only and there are no alternate routes from milepost 2.1 to highway 101.  Upper north Fork road is opened to traffic and drivers can access highway 126 from there following North Fork Siuslaw road.

Beach and Headland Warning

Lane County Emergency Management has issued a warning for coastal residents and visitors to be wary of waves over the next 2 days.  Harsh weather continues to be a threat to the coastal area and beaches and headlands will be affected through 4 pm today and again from 1am Thursday until 4pm.  Lane County Emergency Manager Linda Cook says “The potential for injury – or worse – during hazardous weather and high wave activity on Lane County beaches should be taken seriously by everyone who lives near or plans to visit the coast this week.”