Oregon State Geologist Warns That Heavy Rain Could Trigger Landslides

Oregon State Geologist Warns: Even if the rain has stopped falling after a storm in the Pacific Northwest, there is always the possibility of landslides happening. Bill Burns, a geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, cautions that there is a possibility of landslides throughout the remainder of the week despite the fact that the ground is saturated.

Oregon State Geologist Warns That Heavy Rain Could Trigger Landslides

Geologists have stated that they are keeping a close eye on locations where wildfires have already left burn scars. For instance, geologists are keeping a close eye on the area where the Eagle Creek Fire burned in the Columbia River Gorge and where the fires in the Cascades burnt in the year 2020.

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Burns mentioned that slides may occur anyplace there are slopes, and he added that homeowners should check to see whether they live in an area that has seen slides in the past since it is more probable that slides will occur there again in the future.

Oregon State Geologist Warns That Heavy Rain Could Trigger Landslides
Oregon State Geologist Warns That Heavy Rain Could Trigger Landslides

Burns said that “being aware may truly be of assistance” “It is possible that these things may take some time to occur; hence, we will be concerned for many days up to a week after storms like this one.”

As per the report the Portland Bureau of Transportation they are also keeping a lookout for the possibility of landslides. Burns believes it’s difficult to forecast the severity of landslides, despite the fact that specialists can identify where they are most likely to occur.

In the aftermath of the storm, there is a risk of landslides, trees toppling down, and power outages, among other potential hazards.

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On Tuesday, around 100,000 customers of Portland General Electric were without power, as reported by that company. On Wednesday, the firm said that the total number of consumers had dropped to 20,000.

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