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By Erin Tierney
The Creswell Chronicle 

Snow storm was a real 'eye opener' - Prepare now for future emergencies, mayor says


March 7, 2019

Martha McReynolds, Jr./Community submission

Public Works employee Mitch Rhodes is seen with a smile on his face after last week's snowstorm.

With an average of 3 inches of snowfall per year in these parts, most Creswellians were undoubtedly unprepared for the 20-some inches that pummeled The Friendly City last week. Longtime locals will recall that is the most snowfall this city has seen since the January 1969 snowstorm when 30-plus inches of snow covered the Willamette Valley.

The '69 storm caused a few power outages in outlying areas, but telephone service remained intact. Back then, Creswell schools Superintendent Al Johnson to lead a group of faculty and students to shovel snow off roofs. Postmaster Norman Benton delivered m...

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