Provided by Jenny Demaris, LC Emergency Services
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has declared a state of emergency in Lincoln County due to weather conditions and the resulting damage sustained as a result of flooding, slides and downed trees. (Attached is the audio file from today’s Board of Commissioners meeting)
Lincoln County Public Works, State, City and Local Agencies continue to assess damages and respond to critical areas of need. However, Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution when traveling due to road closures, high water and flooding. National Weather Service predicts at 1-3 inches of more rain tonight with conditions declining into the evening. The Alsea and Siletz rivers were expected to crest by 4pm today. As a reference, river levels during the 1996 floods peaked at 24.5 feet on the Siletz River and this event is expected to peak 1 foot below that level.
The next storm is expected Friday evening through Saturday with a continuation of strong winds (expected gusts 60 -70 mph with rainfall and continued flooding). Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the Northwest River Forecast Center (part of NOAA) at www.nwrfc.noaa.gov and road conditions at www.tripcheck.com or 511 on your phone. These resources can be found on the Lincoln County Emergency Management Website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and local media outlets.
Below is a status of current roads and highways (as of 3:30 p.m., 01/19/12) in Lincoln County.
Hwy 20 – MP 2, tree down but traffic getting through
Hwy 20 – MP 17.5, high water, restricted to ONE LANE OPEN, setting-up flagging contractor to flag
Hwy 20 – MP 19, disable truck blocking LB lane – 1:29pm
Hwy 34 – MP 23, slide CLOSED
Hwy 101/Salishan – MP 121.5, high water at signal
Hwy 101/Depoe Bay – MP 126.4-128.5, 20 min delay, trees down
Hwy 101 – MP 142 to county line, high water
Hwy 101 – MP 144.5, Flaggers, one lane of travel
Hwy 180 – high water, CLOSED (possible slide to go over RR tracks)
Hwy 180 – Eddyville Blodgett Road, closed at mp 0 to 18. Expected to be closed overnight
Hwy 229 – Siletz, closed mp 9 to 30 due to water conditions
Other roads with intermittent closures, delays due to highwater include but not limited to: Old River Road, Logsden Road, Yachats River Rd, South and North Beaver Creek, Elk City Road, East Lake, Drift Creek, Steer Creek, Harlan, Jacobsen