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Emergency manager will report to the state to determine state, federal aid. Outdoor watering still restricted.

TERESA JACKSON/MADRAS PIONEER - A power pole at B and Third streets in Culver blocks the road Sunday, May 31. Power crews worked through the weekend to repair downed and damaged poles and snapped lines.People who had damage from the Saturday, May 30, are being asked to report it to Sgt. Dave Pond, at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Pond, who is the county's emergency manager, is collecting damage estimates from both private and public entities for those impacted.

That information will be sent to state officials to determine potential state and federal assistance. Information can be submitted by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling the sheriff's office at 541-475-6520. Include your name, address, a description of the damage and repair estimates. Homeowners should file a claim with their insurance company as well.

Property owners can also apply to have their property reassessed by July 1 if they had damage, such as to outbuildings, sheds or grain silos, said County Assessor Jean McCloskey. Otherwise, property taxes will be based on the Jan. 1 assessment. But if the property is reassessed because of loss, November taxes can reflect that.

The assessor's office can mail or email forms, and McCloskey said that while the office isn't open to the public, staff is available by phone and would be glad to help. Call 541-475-2443 for more information or to get a form.

In the Culver area, 998 Pacific Power customers were still without power Monday morning; another 214 didn't have power in the Metolius area.

The power at Opal Springs came back on at 11 p.m. Monday. Deschutes Valley Water District General Manager Joel Gehrett said Tuesday morning that the reservoir has enough water for people to start watering again. On Sunday, the district, along with the cities of Madras, Culver and Metolius had asked residents to stop all outdoor watering because power lines that connect to the pumps at Opal Springs were down.

"Over a year ago, Deschutes Valley Water made plans to install a new river turbine that would power one of our pumps," Gehrett said.

The turbine is being made in Australia, but it's been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are in the works and have had forward-thinking management that plans for this sort of condition," he said.

Once the power is back on at Opal Springs, the district will let water customers know.

"It's been amazing to see family, friends, neighbors and community members stepping up during this difficult time," Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn said in a news release. "Keep it up, Jefferson County."

TERESA JACKSON/MADRAS PIONEER - A power pole at B and Third streets in Culver blocks the road Sunday, May 31. Power crews worked through the weekend to repair downed and damaged poles and snapped lines.People who had damage from the Saturday, May 30, are being asked to report it to Sgt. Dave Pond, at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Pond, who is the county's emergency manager, is collecting damage estimates from both private and public entities for those impacted.

That information will be sent to state officials to determine potential state and federal assistance. Information can be submitted by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling the sheriff's office at 541-475-6520. Include your name, address, a description of the damage and repair estimates. Homeowners should file a claim with their insurance company as well.

Property owners can also apply to have their property reassessed by July 1 if they had damage, said County Assessor Jean McCloskey. Otherwise, property taxes will be based on the Jan. 1 assessment. But if the property is reassessed because of loss, November taxes can reflect that.

The assessor's office can mail or email forms, and McCloskey said that while the office isn't open to the public, staff is available by phone and would be glad to help. Call 541-475-2443 for more information or to get a form.

In the Culver area, 998 Pacific Power customers were still without power Monday morning; another 214 didn't have power in the Metolius area.

Deschutes Valley Water District and the cities of Madras, Culver and Metolius are asking residents to stop all outdoor watering because power lines that connect to the pumps at Opal Springs are down.

District General Manager Joel Gehrett said Monday morning that PacifiCorp expects to have the power back on today, but the water restrictions are a precaution. There were nine power poles down, and five were back up, leaving four needing to be put back in.

"Based on what they're telling me, we should be just fine," he said.

In about four months, even if power lines go down, the district has a plan to keep the water pumping.

"Over a year ago, Deschutes Valley Water made plans to install a new river turbine that would power one of our pumps," Gehrett said.

The turbine is being made in Australia, but it's been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are in the works and have had forward-thinking management that plans for this sort of condition," he said.

Once the power is back on at Opal Springs, the district will let water customers know.

"It's been amazing to see family, friends, neighbors and community members stepping up during this difficult time," Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn said in a news release. "Keep it up, Jefferson County."


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