Snowfall closed Lane’s Eugene, Coburg and Florence campuses Feb. 6 and 7.
By Feb. 10, trees had buckled under the weight of the snow, brushing the windshields of vehicles in the right lane along the drive towards Lane.
Lane alerts were sent out via text and email shortly after 11 a.m. and then again after 11:50 a.m. on Feb. 6. While both emails informed students Lane Transit District would cease services after 1 p.m., the first text message did not.
Several students dependent on LTD services were stranded on campus.
“I saw how there was a mass exodus from campus happening so I just waited around,” student government president Paul Zito said. “It took me two seconds to pick (my friends) up, then 20 minutes to get off campus.”
Chief Human Resource Officer Dennis Carr said LTD told Lane that buses would not be able to make it over 30th Avenue after 1 p.m.
According to an email from LTD Director of Customer Service and Planning Andy Vobora, this storm in particular resulted in more impromptu detours from downed trees and power lines.
“What I heard unofficially was that when LTD decided to close earlier than expected because of worsening conditions, I head that they sent extra buses out here,” Lane Public Information Officer Joan Aschim said.
Carr said Lane makes closure decisions based on LTD readiness and three local school districts: Eugene, Springfields and Bethel.
“If the school districts have made a closure decision then we also we follow those three large school districts and make a similar closure decision,” Carr said. “We monitor and partner with those school districts (because) we know many of our students at Lane have children.”
Facilities Receptionist Debby Dybevik relayed from her supervisors that the department is currently reacting to situations as they arise and does not have a current estimates on the cost and damages to the school. However she said they believe it will be less than from the snowfall in December 2013.