To combat the onset of cabin fever among the children, the YMCA's youth development director Holly Anderson has been working with caretakers to organize arts and crafts projects, dancing, swimming lessons and short snow excursions.
Freezing fog in the Willamette Valley and snow that has stubbornly stuck amidst sub-freezing temperatures claimed another school day Wednesday, the fourth day off for some districts since snow fell last Friday.
Warren Colvin hasn't had water for more than a day.
His pipes froze - and then burst.
Luckily, he did have water during the height of the snowstorm.
He noticed the problem while getting the newspaper.
"I heard a noise coming out of the well house that was not right," he said. "I walked over, opened the door and water was spraying everywhere."
Colvin is not alone.
Petersen's Plumbing is getting around 300 calls per day.
Our December cold snap is leaving many Oregonians shivering. Fortunately, you don't have to venture far to find a mug or a mitten. Plenty of places in Eugene will help you keep warm even on a bone-chilling day.
While his neighbors are hanging up Christmas lights, Tim Thoren is decorating his house with heat lamps.
"That's how we're getting into the holiday spirit here at the Thoren-Rice household," he said.
Most hummingbirds migrate for the winter, but the Anna's hummingbird sticks around town, visitng backyards and hummingbird feeders.
"They are like my children at this point," Thoren said.
But the bitter cold now has the birds fighting for their lives as prolonged freezing weather turns the nectar in feeders into ice.
"They try to eat off this and they can't, so they either go somewhere else or starve," he said.
People passing by spotted a house fire and alerted the father and toddler daughter inside, who escaped to safety along with their pets.
Snow fell Friday, canceling school.
The temperature hasn't gone above freezing since, so the snow stuck around.
School was canceled again Monday.
There was no word yet as of 1 p.m. regarding Wednesday. | Current list of School Closures
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The pipe didn't freeze, but the cold caused soil to shift, breaking a water main at 18th and Polk early Tuesday morning.
Eugene Water & Electric Board crews got the call at 2 a.m. and got to work digging in.