Oregon deputy, man rescued after being trapped between landslides

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Northwest Oregon pummeled by rain as forecast calls for more storms.

An Oregon man and deputy were rescued late Tuesday after being trapped in between two landslides, just one of the many weather-related emergencies across the Pacific Northwest. Residents in the Portland area and throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington were pummeled by a second barrage of heavy rains on Tuesday, as rain continued to soak already saturated ground, bringing some area creeks and rivers to flood stage. Officials predicted that residents could face a repeat of Monday’s scenario: streets turned into creeks, flooding near rivers and streams, landslides and delays in traffic and mass transit. Andy Haner, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle, said every major river in western Washington is either already at or will rise to at least a minor flood stage over the next few days.

Officials were also trying to figure out how to repair massive sinkholes that opened up on Monday — one in front of Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, a Portland suburb, and another on Highway 22 in Yamhill County. Officials urged residents to document everything because they will be requesting certain information in the recovery phase after the flooding subsides.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department also issued a beach safety alert on Tuesday for coast visitors, as strong winds and extremely high waves are in the forecast.

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