I'm about to drive Highway 20 from Albany to Corvallis, so will report when I get back to the G-T. I'm not anticipating any big problems.
The City of Albany advises residents and visitors that flooded areas and other areas of standing water are not safe. These waters are contaminated with street run-off and, in some areas, additional contamination from sewage overflows. Extremely heavy rain has overloaded the City's sewer collection system, causing some overflow.
If you see an overflowing manhole or have questions about these conditions, call Albany Public Works Environmental Services at 541-917-7631, 541-917-7613 or 541-917-7600.
To report flooding that is threatening a structure or covering a roadway, call 541-917-7600.
Officials stand by to evacuate NE Corvallis neighborhood
By BENNETT HALL
Buses were standing by to evacuate residents of the neighborhood around Cheldelin Middle School Thursday as the rains continued to fall and creeks continued to rise.
Corvallis police blocked off a stretch of Northeast Conifer Boulevard between Cambridge Avenue and Canterbury Circle, and several vehicles from Dial-A-Bus were on the scene to ferry people displaced by local flooding to a temporary shelter at Crescent Valley High School.
Several residential streets in the area were blocked by two to four feet of water, but as of late morning no one had actually been evacuated yet.
“We’re here to help people if they want to go,” said Sgt. Michael Mann of the Corvallis Police Department, who was monitoring the situation from a roadblock at Conifer and Cambridge.
“We haven’t told people they need to leave, and nobody’s gotten on the bus.”
At Corvallis Manor, a 120-bed nursing home at 160 N.E. Conifer, the staff was anxiously keeping an eye on floodwaters that had swamped Cambridge Avenue and were creeping toward the facility’s side door.
Sandbags were being piled in front of the nursing home’s east entrance, and some residents were moved toward the drier end of the building.
“Some of the residents have been moved to other rooms,” said Barbara Lower of Pinnacle Health Care, the company that runs the nursing home. “Just as a precautionary measure, to make sure if the water does come up we’re not having to hurry.”
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People are putting sand bags on their property to ward off water. Citizens
are also using canoes to go back for pets.
Victor Huego and Sasha Medina look at the flooding at 13th and Cedar in Philomath. Some residents in the area have been asked to evacuate.
From the Scio fire district:
SCIO — The Scio Rural Fire Protection District evacuated four residences early Thursday, and other families have self-evacuated from their homes.
More than 85 volunteers and 30-plus personnel from multiple agencies have placed about 4,000 sandbags throughout the city. Forty-two yards of sand was hauled in by EZ-Grade company, based out of the Stayton area, and the Linn County Road Department hauled in another 30 yards of sand. The Sublimity fire district assisted.
The Scio fire district kept a small crew through the early morning to monitor the water to provide warning should it endanger any more residences.
“Unfortunately there were homes that were not saved from the water due to the rate it increased and the area that was impacted. Thank you to everyone that helped,” stated Incident Commander Duane Miller.
According to GAPS, the have no plans to release Albany students early today. Some buses are on altered routes due to high waters.