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City Announces Debris Drop-Off Locations for Salem Residents - 02/16/21

Focusing on safety first, the City of Salem continues to clear roadways and sidewalks from the aftermath of the historic President’s weekend ice storm. The City announces drop-off locations for Salem residents to deliver broken tree limbs and woody debris. 

Free of charge, the City is opening tree and woody debris drop-off locations at Woodmansee, Wallace, Geer, and McKay Parks. Starting tomorrow, Salem residents can deliver woody debris seven days a week, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The drop-off sites will be operated by City staff which allows people to offload broken tree limbs and wood by hand from their own vehicle, truck bed, or trailer. Other compostable material unrelated to the ice storm will not be accepted.

Residents are encouraged to reach out to their neighbors and haulers for additional assistance with debris removal. Piled limbs and branches should not block sidewalks or bike lanes. 

In the coming weeks, the City expects to complete a 120-mile safety sweep of major and minor roadways and tend to the reported 653 downed city trees sites. Once high traffic roadways have been cleaned, the City will assess the need for additional cleanup support.

City Storm Details

  • From Thursday evening 2/12 through Monday 2/15 4:00 a.m. Public Works Dispatch has handled 929 telephone calls and 263 emails for a total of 1192 calls for service
  • A total of 653 downed tree/limb locations have been logged and 476 have been addressed with at least a temporary “cut and push aside” response.
  • Currently, 28 traffic signals are not working due to loss of electricity

Read More:
Emergency Declaration Issued in Salem for Winter Storm Conditions (cityofsalem.net)

Winter Storm Response Efforts Continue - 02/15/21

Crews continue to respond to the large amount of fallen trees and debris from the weekend winter storm and anticipate that all public streets will be clear for vehicular travel by Tuesday, Feb. 16. The exception may be locations still awaiting power lines to be removed.  A total of 653 downed tree/limb locations have been logged and 476 have been addressed with a “cut and push aside” response at a minimum.

There are about 40 traffic signals still without power across Salem.  Please continue to use caution on Salem roads.

Information on Power Outages:

Local Area Updates:

Continued Closures-

  • Mission Street SE continues to be closed between Liberty and High Street (due to power lines in downed trees
  • A number of smaller roadways across Salem still have partial closures in place
  • Minto Brown Island Park - closed to the public (due to downed and damaged trees)
  • Bush’s Pasture Park - large number of trees down making the area hazardous (please avoid these areas)
  • Please avoid tree-lined areas within all Salem parks.

Facilities Now Open-

  • Salem Airport
  • Salem Library Curbside Services resumes Tuesday Feb. 16

People needing temporary shelter or additional assistance may contact the Cascades Region of the American Red Cross at 503-585-5414. 

Salem seniors are encouraged to call 503-588-6303 ext. 6349 or email connect50plus@cityofsalem.net for Wow Van assistance and services.

Thank You Salem residents for reaching out and helping neighbors in need.

We will continue to update the public on our City's website and social media channels.

Emergency Declaration Issued in Salem for Winter Storm Conditions - 02/14/21

A State of Emergency Declaration for the City of Salem has been issued, effective Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, to facilitate continued response to the severe winter storm that impacted the Salem area over the weekend. The Declaration will remain in effect for the next 7 days and authorizes the City Manager to:

  1. Activate the City’s Emergency Operations Center;
  2. Spend City funds in an effort to reduce the threat to life and property;
  3. Enter into agreements with service providers for clean-up and protection of City infrastructure;
  4. Issue additional orders, if needed, to address the emergency conditions.

“The impact that this storm has had on our residents and community is just unbelievable, and we’re seeing these effects everywhere, said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett.  This order will allow us to continue getting the resources that we need for cleanup and response measures here in Salem.”

Hazardous trees and conditions continue to persist across Salem.  City crews continue to respond to fallen trees, debris, traffic signal failures, and other emergencies.  Despite improved weather conditions, the threat of falling trees and limbs remains high.  Residents are advised to distance themselves from tree-lined areas along streets and in parks as crews assess these areas for safety. 

There are still a large number of locations that have power lines in trees. These areas must be safely cleared by the electric utility companies.  Approximately 30 traffic signals have been restored to operation since Saturday afternoon, with about 50 traffic signals still without power.  A list of local area closures includes the following:

Major Roadways-

  • River Rd. S. from Croisan Creek Rd. S. to Viewcrest Rd. S.
  • Mission St. SE at Liberty St.

Parks-

  • Minto-Brown Island Park (closed due to the number of large trees and branches)
  • Please avoid tree-lined areas within all Salem parks.

City Facilities & Services-

  • Salem Airport
  • Salem Library Curbside Service                                                                                                                                       

Local Service Providers-

  • Salem Health Vaccine Clinics

The City has been working with our resource partners to maintain communication with those sheltering in Wallace Marine and Cascade Gateway Parks. Our police and code enforcement officers have added additional directed patrols to check in and make direct contact with campers. The City continues to support overnight campers with potable water, portable toilets, and waste management including garbage receptacles and garbage pick-up. Homeless shelters in our area remain open but may be without power. The ARCHES day use center is currently open and the Salem Warming Network will activate locations if the temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Sites are open 7 p.mp-6:45 a.m. during activation. Guests are welcome to check-in at any time throughout the night. Locations for warming centers include:

Residents may also contact the Cascades Region of the American Red at 503-585-5414 if additional services are needed. 

Please stay home and off the roads if possible. Road and tree concerns can be reported to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311 or by email to service@cityofsalem.net">customerservice@cityofsalem.net.  

The City recognizes the impact this unprecedented weather event is causing on our community. We would like to thank our work crews for their commitment and collaboration and recognize the many neighbors helping each other during this time of need. Please stay tuned to the City's website and social media channels for important updates regarding the weather event and ongoing clean up.

City of Salem Reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow to Little Pudding River - 02/14/21

The City of Salem announced that an overflow of raw sewage occurred into the Little Pudding River on February 13, 2021 near 4810 Rebecca Street NE. The event occurred while the City was experiencing broad power outages due to the heavy freezing rain event. The generator that was used to power the pump station experienced a malfunction. This caused the wastewater in a sewer collection system to back up; consequently, an overflow occurred at manholes at three sites along the sewer line: 4810 Rebecca Street NE, 4827 Patricia Court NE, and 4522 Settlers Court NE.  Approximately 15,400 gallons of raw sewage were spilled during the event.

Salem Public Works Department crews were notified of the overflow at 5:10 p.m. on February 13 and stopped the overflow at 2:30 a.m. on February 14. City of Salem Environmental Services staff collected surface water samples from the Little Pudding River and will continue to monitor until the issue is cleared. Any bacteria that entered the site should be flushed out of the water body in the next few days. Salem Public Works Department encourages people to stay out of the water.

If you see an overflowing manhole or wish to report a spill, please call the Public Works Department Dispatch Center at 503-588-6333.

City of Salem Reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow to Battle Creek - 02/14/21

The City of Salem announced that an overflow of raw sewage occurred into Battle Creek on February 13, 2021 at approximately 1:00 p.m. near 6555 Commercial Street SE. The event occurred while the City was experiencing broad power outages due to the heavy freezing rain event. Although the pump station responsible for relaying wastewater along the sewer collection system was running off a generator, the generator experienced a malfunction. Approximately 147,000 gallons of raw sewage were spilled at the site.

System alarms notified Salem staff and Salem Public Works Department crews were dispatched to the site and stopped the overflow at approximately 1:49 p.m. City of Salem Environmental Services staff collected surface water samples from Battle Creek and will continue to monitor until the issue is cleared. Any bacteria that entered the site should be flushed out of the water body in the next few days. Salem Public Works Department encourages people to stay out of the water.

If you see an overflowing manhole or wish to report a spill, please call the Public Works Department Dispatch Center at 503-588-6333.

Ice and Fallen Trees Continue to Impact Salem Area Residents - 02/13/21

Public Works, Fire, and Police crews have continued to coordinate and respond to road blockages from fallen trees and debris.  There are currently 86 traffic signals out of operation, awaiting power to be restored. Governor Brown has declared a State of Emergency for nine counties in Oregon, including Marion and Polk Counties. The executive order allows the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to begin using people, equipment, and facilities from other agencies to deal with the emergency. Residents are being advised to stay home and off the roads if possible. Salem residents should continue to report road and tree concerns to Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-6311 or email customerservice@cityofsalem.net. The Public Works dispatch line operates 24 hours a day.

City crews are focusing efforts on removing fallen trees and limbs from major roadways, pushing debris to the side to make way for traffic. This debris will be removed in the coming days. We are currently working through 368 documented tree response calls many of which are impeding roadways, sidewalks, and buildings. The City recognizes the hardship our residents are facing during this weather emergency. We will continue to update the public on our City's website and social media channels.

Local Area Closures Include:

  • Salem Airport
  • Salem Library Curbside Service
  • Salem Health Vaccine Clinics

Power Outages Can Continue to be Reported to:

  • Portland General Electric:  1-800-544-1795 or 503-464-7777

https://portlandgeneral.com/outages/county/marion/all

  • Salem Electric:  503-362-3601

https://www.salemelectric.com/outage-information

  • Pacific Power:  1-877-508-5088

https://www.pacificpower.net/outages-safety.html

Trees Down and Blocking Major Roadways Citywide - 02/13/21

Salem crews have reported that hundreds of trees are down and blocking major and smaller roadways across the city.  Salem residents are advised to please stay home and safe as City crews work to remove these hazards.  Do not approach or touch power lines.  Outdoor conditions remain hazardous, use extra caution if going outdoors.

Power outages can be reported to:

  • Portland General Electric:  1-800-544-1795 or 503-464-7777
  • Salem Electric:  503-362-3601
  • Pacific Power:  1-877-508-5088

Roadway concerns can be reported to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at service@cityofsalem.net or 503-588-6311.

Restoring power outages in these types of storm events will take time.  Utility providers and the City appreciate your patience as crews respond.

Further updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

Winter Storm Preparations Underway - 02/11/21

Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley may receive freezing rain beginning this evening, Thurs., Feb. 11, 2021, and into the weekend ahead.

In anticipation of this weather event, snow and ice response staff from Public Works will begin 12-hour shifts at noon today.  City snow plows and sanding equipment have been tested and are ready for use.  Up-to-date information on Salem road conditions, street condition web cameras, and emergency closures can be found on the City’s Current Road Conditions Map

Please use extra caution if you must drive under these conditions.  Freezing rain may cause very icy roadways and brings the potential for falling trees and power outages.

Please drive safely and report roadway concerns to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311.

Local Non-Profit and For-Profit Developers Invited to Apply for Funding - 02/08/21

Salem’s CDBG and HOME Federal Funding Application Cycle Opens Feb. 8

Salem, Ore. – Eligible non-profits and for-profits working to assist City of Salem residents are invited to submit proposals for approximately $2 million in City of Salem Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and an additional anticipated $400,000 from the City’s General Funds.

The online application cycle opens Monday, February 8, 2021. Federal and local guidelines for funding from the CDBG and HOME programs, as well as the City’s programs, are included in the online application. Applications for projects must comply with strict eligibility criteria. Applicable funds are for the 2021 Program Year, beginning July 1, 2021.

All applications must be submitted via a new online application portal at ZoomGrants by Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Applications sent by any other method, including, but not limited to, facsimile, email, postal service, hand delivery, or any method other than the designated application software, will not be accepted. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, all public training and staff engagement will take place virtually. A virtual application technical assistance workshop will be recorded and available on the City’s Federal Programs webpage.

More about the funding sources

  • Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding. The purpose of the CDBG Program is to benefit low- to moderate-income households by funding projects that revitalize neighborhoods, increase affordable housing, expand economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services.
  • Federal HOME Investment Partnership Funding. The HOME Investment Partnerships program funds a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent, or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. Priority funding will be for affordable rental housing projects awarded in recent HOME applications and need additional capital to address financing gaps due to increased construction cost or other applicable reasons.
  • For more detailed information on HUD guidelines for CDBG and HOME funding, visit www.hud.gov.
  • City of Salem Funding. The City of Salem funds activities that provide supportive services to low-income Salem residents. 

All published funding amounts are subject to change based upon Salem City Council action. For additional information, contact sehenger@cityofsalem.net.

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Temporary Homeless Shelter at Oregon State Fairgrounds at Capacity - 02/05/21

Salem, Ore. After opening February 1, 2021, the temporary homeless shelter located at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center is at capacity. This includes 100 guests sleeping in socially distanced tents on the Pavilion floor and people sheltering in their vehicles as part of the safe parking program for vehicle camping.

 “We reached capacity within 24 hours of opening,” said Josh Erickson, a Church @ the Park assistant pastor who is serving as the operational director for the temporary shelter.

“Filling up this fast really speaks to the need for more shelter beds and housing options in Salem,” Erickson said. “We are really grateful to local leaders for making this happen and to the community for their recent donations, including tents, food, and supplies for our shelter guests.”   

Shelter organizers including the City of Salem, Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Church at the Park, and other local homeless advocates will continue to work with health and human service providers and non-profit organizations to ensure shelter guests have access to self-support services, daily meals, and hygiene supplies.

Special recognition should go to the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center for allowing the temporary shelter to activate.

“The Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center is proud to partner with the City of Salem, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action and Church at the Park to provide a temporary dry and safe place for those in need,” said interim CEO of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center Kim Grewe-Powell. “Our fairgrounds have been used by Oregonians for a multitude of uses over the 156 years. During this unprecedented closure, we are happy to allow the use of the Pavilion for this important need.”

Ongoing donations are needed for shelter guests including socks, blankets, towels, winter gear, adult-sized unused underwear, African American hair care products, pet food and pet supplies, backpacks, totes, and reusable bags. All donations should be delivered to the Church at the Park Donation Center 3104 Turner Rd SE Salem, Oregon. Donation drop off hours are from 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. daily.

Local food vendors and restaurants who would like to get involved in meal preparation or donations can complete a contact form on the Church @ the Park website.  For more information, including how community members can get involved in expanding affordable housing programs in Salem or volunteer in support of homelessness, visit the City of Salem website or email info@cityofsalem.net.

Free PPE Available (Masks, Gloves, Wipes) for Salem-Area Businesses - 02/03/21

Salem, Ore. – Free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, gloves and wipes, are available for Salem-area for-profit and non-profit businesses while supplies last. Interested businesses can submit their request online.

The free PPE is made possible by the CARES Act. To be eligible, for-profit and non-profit businesses must have less than 100 employees and have their principal operations in Oregon.

The City of Salem has partnered with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce for the distribution of the PPE. All requested PPE will be available for pick up at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce office (1110 Commercial St NE, Salem) on the selected date/time referenced in the online form.

For questions regarding the free PPE opportunity, email ants@cityofsalem.net">Salemgrants@cityofsalem.net.

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