Boats on the Port of Siuslaw

Storm Knocks Out Power; Shelter Open; Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner; Early Flu Results

Storm Knocks Out Power

Yesterday’s storm blew through Florence and left over 700 PUD customers without power.  Many of those were on the north end of Rhododendron drive.  Downed power lines effected the area for about 4 hours as crews worked to restore power.  Power was back on for many by the 7 o’clock hour.  A second outage south of Florence took out power around 2:30 in the afternoon and was restored by 5:30 pm.  Central Lincoln PUD reported that trees had fallen on utility lines causing the damage.

Shelter Open

For the second night in a row inclement weather and cold temperatures have forced the opening of the Cold Weather Shelter at the Presbyterian church of the Siuslaw on Highway 101.  Transportation will be provided from the Siuslaw public library, Safeway, and Fred Meyer.  Registration will begin at 5 pm and an evening meal is provided.  Transportation in the morning from the shelter will begin after breakfast is served.  Also if you have the opportunity to serve in a volunteer capacity please contact Greg Wood 541 991-8208

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Tomorrow beginning at noon is the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Florence Kiwanis club and served at the Florence Elks lodge.  It is open to all members of the community and is free of charge and consists of a traditional thanksgiving meal with Turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes and dessert.  Dinner will be served from noon until 2pm.

Early Flu Results

According to the Oregon Health Authority, it is still early in the beginning of the flu season, but tests show that levels are slightly higher this year than over the past 3 years.  There was a 7.1 percent positive rate this past week with 4 influenza associated hospitalizations none of which were in Lane County.  Traditionally the largest spike occurs in late December and January with a late spike last year in early April.