The Mary’s River already is a record stage, according to Kathie Dello of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. It reached 21.41 feet Thursday morning, breaking the old record of 20.9 feet, and causing flooding in Corvallis and Philomath.
Local emergency management officials say they don’t know when residents evacuated from their Vineyard Mountain homes following a Wednesday morning landslide will be able to return.
“We don’t have any idea at this point,” said Lt. Cord Wood of the Corvallis Police Department, part of an interagency team responding to weather-related problems around Benton County.
“It’s going to depend on what happens — if it continues to slide, if it continues to rain.”
A house at 5994 Northwest Rosewood Drive was damaged by the landslide Wednesday morning. The residents of that house and 21 others on Rosewood Drive and Rosewood Place were evacuated because of unstable ground conditions in the area, where the soil has been saturated by heavy rains.
The neighborhood is on the south slope of Vineyard Mountain, near Lewisburg Road and Sulphur Springs Drive.
Some evacuees were staying with friends or relatives. Others were staying at Crescent Valley High School, which was being used as an emergency shelter.
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While there have been evacuations in Scio, elsewhere in the county, "We
haven't had any major evacuations," said Joe Larsen, Linn County Emergency
In the event of evacuations, the Linn County Fair & Expo Center will be
available as a shelter, he said.
Those who would like help others experiencing flooding may go to The Home
Depot store, 3500 Spicer Drive S.E., and help fill sand bags, Larsen said.
Stayton Fire Department said that Golf Club Road between Mill Creek and Shaff is closed. Highway 22 at about mile post 13 is closed, but there is a detour set up.