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.
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 producing gusts to 60 -70 mph with continued rainfall and flooding. Residents are encouraged to monitor the Northwest River Forecast Center online at www.nwrfc.noaa.gov as well as 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.