Landslides and flooding are a concern in Oregon, Washington


PORTLAND, Oregon (KOIN) – Road crews in Oregon and Washington took advantage of a weather break to check the roads for any damage left.

Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation said crews were busy in the Columbia River Gorge. Landslides remain a concern and something they watch out for in the Gorge and across the state.

“With the amount of rain we have had, it increases the risk of slipping. Everyone has to be extra careful and watch out for the slides, ”Hamilton told KOIN 6 News. “We have our teams there monitoring some of the hot spots to see if there are any areas that we need to monitor and be careful to see if anything needs to be done to make sure we’re not going to have any. problems.”

Several major roads connecting the Seattle area to the rest of the country remained closed on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

A cyclist rides on a flooded street near Interstate 5, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Centralia, Wash. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Austin majors with the Lewis County, Washington Road Maintenance Division said 4 more water rescues occurred overnight and 52 people are using shelter services in the county.

The majors said all rivers peaked overnight in Lewis County, but most of them peaked lower than expected. However, the Chehalis River at Centralia peaked above the projection and remained in moderate flood on Saturday.

Officials hope it will fall to a minor flood stage later on Saturday.

Several roads are covered with water and the majors have said that even where the water recedes, some places have debris on the roads.

The Lewis County Public Works team disseminates information about road closures and assesses where cleanups need to take place,


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