From 3 to 10 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2023, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries warns that recent heavy rainfall might cause landslides on steep terrain and debris flows near recently burned regions. Here you may find the most recent weather reports.
Debris flows are fast-moving very damaging landslides. Boulders and logs can be contained in them as they are carried in a slurry of earth and water down steep hillsides and through narrow gorges.
They can travel a mile or more. A debris flow moves faster than a person can run. People, structures, and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk.
Instructing the public to:
Always maintain vigilance. Listen to the flood alert on the radio, TV, or the internet. If you’re told to evacuate, please do so right away. Listen. Odd noises could be caused by things like trees breaking or stones colliding as they move. Larger landslides may begin with small mud or debris sliding to the ground.
If you suspect a landslide is imminent, get out of there. Be wary of the ocean. Changes in the color or clarity of the water in a stream or creek are early warning signs that something upstream has disrupted the flow.
This is the most recent data regarding what has been happening in Oregon.
- Extended Boycott Leaves 3 Oregon Senators Out in the Cold.
- Portland and Parts of Northwest Oregon Are Under a Flood Watch.
If a debris flow is expected to move downstream, you should evacuate the area immediately. Be very careful if you must travel. Don’t take the roads for granted. Drive carefully, especially at night, and pay attention. Roadside embankments might collapse, showering drivers with rocks and other debris.
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