Mapleton School Closed Due to Water Shortage; Declining COVID Numbers; Business After Hours; Accident Holds Up 126 Traffic

Mapleton School Closed Due to Water Shortage

The water woes plaguing Mapleton have flooded over to the school system in Mapleton.  Mapleton schools announced last night that they would have to cancel schools today including all classes, activities and sporting practices due to a water shortage.  The Mapleton water district announced yesterday that it was  unable at this point to filter any water through its system due to excessive sediment and fall foiliage that has clogged the temporary system set up last September.  Mapleton Water board President Millie Rochon says they are still working off rented equipment.

“We’ve been working with rented equipment until our new skids and tanks and everything have been replaced. In this rented equipment it doesn’t have great filtering systems.”

Jodi O’mara, Mapleton School superintendent says they’re hoping to reopen on Wednesday, but that depends on the information they receive from the water district tomorrow.  Mapleton Water has asked residents and businesses to only use water for essential needs until further notice.

Declining COVID Numbers

The Oregon Health Authority is reporting a declining number of COVID-19 cases over the weekend with 1,935 total cases for the three day period.  Lane County has had 115 cases over the same time frame with a low of 32 cases reported on Monday.  There were more new cases reported for the 97439 zip code.  3 more cases were added to the area for a total of 757 cases all time.  In the past two weeks there were 33 new cases reported.

Business After Hours

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that they will be having an in-person Business after hours this Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm and it will be held at the Florence events center.  Due to covid restrictions there will only be 125 attendees allowed and therefore there will be a mandatory RSVP for the event.  you can RSVP by going to the chamber website at florencechamber .com.

Accident Holds Up 126 Traffic

An accident on Highway 126 yesterday morning at approximately 11:25 am caused major delays for travel between Eugene and Florence.  The information available was that a vehicle overturned just east of the gingerbread restaurant in Mapleton causing delays of more than three hours.  One couple returning from Eugene said they were backed up to Veneta upon their return to Florence.  Traffic was restored by early evening and a detour was provided around the Triangle Lake on route 36.