Last week parts of Oregon had declared a state of emergency because of heavier-than-expected snowfall. This week parts of the state are dealing with the aftermath now that the temperatures have warmed up and turned the snowfall into rain.
The rivers are at flood-stage in the coastal areas and geologists are warning there may be landslides due to the weight of the melting snow. The Oregonian reports: “On Thursday, rain was falling at the rate of one-half inch an hour (in Tillamook County), and a second storm was expected to push through later in the evening…The Oregon Department of Transportation reported that water up to 16 inches deep closed Oregon 22 (Three Rivers Highway) about four miles west of the junction with Oregon 18 (Salmon River Highway)…The county opened a shelter at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds and activated its reverse 9-1-1 system to warn residents and businesses in flood areas to evacuate.”
Clackamas County in the Portland-Metro area has also declared a state of emergency. Mobile home parks and various neighborhoods have been evacuated and authorities have closed some roads. According to The Oregonian: “(Clackamas) County has closed about 60 roads. That includes the following due to landslides: U.S. 26, west of Sleepy Hollow; Oregon 224, near Tong Road; Welches Road, about a half mile north of Salmon River and Clackamas River Drive, between house numbers 13405 and 15077.” Residents are encouraged to stay home and not travel unnecessarily. One home has already been severely damaged from a landslide that injured five people.
Find relief information about the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross here.
Check out the following links for information about flood restoration: