Greetings. We'll use this site to offer live updates about the flooding and related events that are afflicting the mid-valley. To start off, here's the latest information about the evacuation of the Rosewood Drive neighborhood near Lewisburg:
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office/Corvallis Police Department is urging all residents on Rosewood Drive and Rosewood Place to evacuate their homes this morning due to impacts from the heavy rainfall in the Willamette Valley.
• Rosewood is located in the Lewisburg vicinity near Sulfur Springs Road.
• 22 homes are affected by the evacuation.
• An evacuation center has been established at Crescent Valley High School, 4444 NW Highland Dr., north of Corvallis.
• Residents are being allowed to bring small pets, but need to bring leashes/restraints.
• The cause for evacuation is unstable ground and earth movement due to heavy water saturation.
• One home has been damaged due to a landslide.
The area of NW Lancaster St. and NW Oxford Circle in Corvallis are currently experiencing significant high water. Public safety is not advising residents to evacuate at this time, however, if residents wish to leave their residences:
• Members of Benton County Search and Recue will be assisting residents in leaving their homes through the high water.
• Residents can be shuttled to Crescent Valley High School via bus. This is not a shelter, but an evacuation point. Crescent Valley High School is not set up for overnight sheltering at this time.
• Residents wishing to leave for the evacuation center at Crescent Valley High School should call 541-766-6120.
Residents leaving their homes for the evacuation center will not be allowed to return until high water recedes or until deemed safe to do so by public safety and emergency management.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Corvallis Police remind residents and drivers:
• Avoid these areas of Benton County and Corvallis.
• Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Police Department, Benton County Public Works and Corvallis Fire Department have established an Emergency Operation Center and are monitoring the situation throughout the county in anticipation of other potential issues.
• Several other roads around Benton County have high water and may be difficult to travel. Check the Benton County Public Works website www.co.benton.or.us/pw/index.php or call 541-766-6821 for the latest information about road closures and high water areas. Oregon Department of Transportation information can also be found at www.tripcheck.com for state highways.
• Road closure information will be regularly updated and more frequent updates may be available. Continue to check the non-emergency information line at 541-766-6120 for the most recent updates.
• It is important to remember not to attempt to cross high water areas. Turn around, don’t drown! Obey traffic and high water signs to prevent becoming stranded or swept away in current.
Here's the latest about Benton County/Corvallis road closures; Benton Co. Sheriff's Office: BENTON COUNTY ROAD CLOSURES: Bellfountain Road @ bridge South of Alpine; Chapel Drive to 15th; Fern Road; Chapel Drive; Alsea split @ river; Grange Hall Road; Fern Road; Harris Road @steel span bridge; Greenberry Road; 53rd Street @ railroad crossing. CORVALLIS ROAD CLOSURES: Lancaster at Oxford; Conifer @ Cambridge; Plymouth @ Lancaster; 9th @ Circle; Sequoia @ 9th (W); Grant between 15th & 17th.
The D-H has a reporter and a photographer trying to get up to Scio, which reportedly has been hit hard by high water. We hear the entire town is being evacuated.
The G-T has a reporter and photographer in the Rosewood Drive/Rosewood Place area, where officials earlier today urged evacuation due to landslides and unstable ground, saturated by rainwater.
ODOT says Oregon 229, the Siletz Highway, is now closed about one mile north of the intersection with Highway 20 because of a crash. The highway also experienced an earlier closure due to high water that remains in effect on the north end, about nine miles south of the intersection with US 101. Motorists should use an alternate route and avoid the highway at this time.
In Albany, the D-H has a reporter and photographer en route to Belmont in the southeast part of town, which reportedly is experiencing some sinkholes. Otherwise, Albany seems to be coping well. The real trouble spot in Linn County at this hour is Scio.
Here's the latest information from the city: This includes locations where you can go to collect the necessary equipment for sandbags.
Sorry, hit the wrong button: Here's the information from the city: Due to the ongoing winter storm, multiple locations through-out Corvallis and Benton County are currently suffering weather and flooding related problems. Multiple locations in the city of Corvallis and Benton County experiencing high water and flooding. The current list of high water locations can be found by going to the City of Corvallis website at www.ci.corvallis.or.us/hazards
or the Benton County Public Works Site www.co.benton.or.us/pw/index.php. Residents can also call a Benton County Public Works information line at 541-766-6821 to report problems. An information line at 541-766-6120 is available to residents of the city and county to call for updated information regarding flooding, road closures, and travel restrictions.
Corvallis Police, Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Benton County Emergency Management are reminding residents not to call 911 unless there is as public safety emergency. For information and to report high water/flooding residents should call 541-766-6821.
Corvallis and Benton County public safety are urging residents not to drive into high water on streets and roads. If you encounter high water in the street/road do not drive into the water. The depth of water can not be judged and it takes only about 18 inches of water to cause most cars to float. Driving into high water also causes drivers and their vehicles to become stranded.
Local sandbagging sites have been established for residents to go and fill their own sandbags. Sand and bags are available, however, residents need to bring their own shovels to fill bags.
Sand bag filling locations:
Wilson School 2601 NW Satinwood
Osborn Aquatic 1940 NW Highland
Grant Ave Baptist Church 1625 NW Grant
CHS Parking Lot Entrance off of 11th St
NW Conser Blvd 100 yds north of Circle Blvd
509J Office 1555 SW 35th St.
Cheldelin Middle School 987 NE Conifer Blvd
Home Depot 1780 NW Four Acre Plc.
Benton County Public Works 360 SW Avery Ave
Philomath Public Works. 1515 Willow Ln
N. 20th St. in Philomath
Benton County Fairgrounds 110 SW 53rd St. Corvallis
If you're experiencing or witness high water conditions, feel free to share the information with us. You can even share photos and the like. If you have questions, we'll try to get them answered.
Our reporter en route to Scio reports that water is completely covering the intersection of Richardson Gap Road and Fish Hatchery Drive south of Scio. The water is rushing past. Again, as authorities have urged, don't try to drive through that water; it's extremely hazardous.
This just in from ODOT: Oregon 38 will remain closed Thursday. A sinkhole opened between Scottsburg Park and Loon Lake Road, east of Reedsport. Drivers are advised to use Oregon 42 as an alternate route between Interstate 5 and U.S. 101. More than 1,000 yards of material eroded from the highway. ODOT maintenance and geology staff are on scene developing a repair plan. There is no estimated time to reopen the highway.
We've heard nothing from Jefferson, but we'll check.
In Linn County, the Central Linn School District is planning an early release because of high water. The elementary school will release at 2 p.m., the high school at 2:15 p.m. Parents are welcome to pick up students earlier.
. Dist.: Early Release due to high water - Elementary 2:00 p.m. High School 2:15 p.m. Parents welcome to pickup students prior to release time.