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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update -- Nov. 19, 2021 (Photo) - 11/19/21

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Nov. 19, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. View today's Wildfire Recovery update here. The next update will be released in mid-December.

Photo Captions:

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management's Wildfire Recovery logo: Oregon Rising Stronger Together. (Office of Emergency Management)

Margaret Salazar, Executive Director of Oregon Housing & Community Services, poses with one of 53 travel trailers for 2020 wildfire survivors at the Gateway Site redevelopment in Talent, Ore. (Oregon Housing & Community Services)

An outreach campaign to directly connect 2020 wildfire survivors with disaster case managers through a hotline and recovery website is now live in impacted counties. (Office of Emergency Management and Oregon Dept. of Human Services) 

Una campaña de divulgación para conectar directamente a los sobrevivientes de incendios forestales del 2020 con los administradores de casos de desastres a través de una línea directa y un sitio web de recuperación ahora está disponible en los condados afectados. (Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias y Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregon)

Weather conditions call for awareness of potential hazards - 11/10/21

SALEM, Ore. — Nov. 10, 2021 – Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management advises residents to be aware – and prepared – for potential hazards due to heavy rains forecasted this week across the state.

According to the National Weather Service, expected rainfall amounts from 5 p.m. tonight through Friday may cause potential flooding of creeks and rivers in northwest Oregon, especially along the coastal terrain and Cascades. Rain amounts may be high enough to cause flooding Thursday and Friday.

Heavy rain can trigger debris flows and landslides in steep terrain, and the risk is higher in wildfire burn areas. There is potential for debris flows in the burned areas of the Cascades, including the Beachie Creek, Echo Mountain, Lionshead and Riverside fire sites. Eagle Creek and Holiday Farm fire areas may also be potentially impacted.

The public can remain safe using basic preparedness actions, including staying informed, being aware of surroundings, having a plan for emergencies and being prepared with an emergency kit.

Stay informed

Drive with caution

  • Be aware of the latest road conditions before driving by checking http://tripcheck.com.
  • Be alert when driving; embankments along roadsides may fail, sending rock and debris onto the road.
  • Turn on lights, increase following distance and slow down.
  • Don’t drive through flood water; just 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult, and a foot of rushing water can carry away most cars.

Heed flood watches and warnings

  • A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance: Be aware.
  • A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding to occur: Be prepared.
  • A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring: Take action.

Know the signs of landslides

  • Look for changes in landscape like leaning trees, land movement, or a trickle of falling mud or debris.
  • Pay attention if the water in streams or creeks suddenly turns muddy or the water flow suddenly decreases or increases.
  • Listen for unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, that might indicate moving debris.

For more information about flood risk and mitigation, visit https://www.ready.gov/floods. For information on landslides and debris flow, visit https://www.ready.gov/landslides-debris-flow. For information on flood insurance, visit https://www.floodsmart.gov.

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