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Governor Brown visits flood damaged areas - 02/14/20

Umatilla County Flooding Events Update- Friday, February 14, 2020

As officials in Umatilla County continue to work with residents and landowners in the recovery effort from the recent flooding event, Governor Kate Brown is touring the region today to get a first-hand look at damages and express her appreciation to responders.

Damage Assessment Resources

As damage reports and assessments are completed, the numbers continue to climb.  As of Thursday, about 500 self-reported damage reported damage assessments have been received.  Disaster assessment continues throughout the county. These reports are used by Umatilla County to document the financial impacts and resource needs in the county.  Residents are encouraged to continue self-reporting these damages.  

The disaster reporting forms are available online www.umatillacounty.net

Damage assessments can also be reported to Umatilla County through the damage assessment hotline at 541-966-3671.  This hotline will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through February 17th.

American Red Cross Shelter

The American Red Cross continues to host a shelter for victims of the flood.  This shelter is now located at the Pendleton Armory. This shelter has housed 144 overnight guests since they opened.  There are 30 Red Cross volunteers supporting this effort. CTUIR is providing additional sheltering services on the Reservation.

Numerous resources are still available for those impacted by the flood.  

Umatilla County Extension Office:  The Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater is open today until 5 p.m. for north county residents to receive assistance on damage reporting and connect with various resources.

Hotline- A hotline was established to help connect residents to reputable and vetted relief organizations to help assist in debris clean-up services.  Response times will vary due to overwhelming need, so patience is appreciated. Please call 844-965-1386 for information.

Clean-up Safety-The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued information to ensure the safety of our residents as clean-up efforts begin.  Link to information at https://deqblog.com/2020/02/13/tips-for-safely-managing-debris-from-flood-damaged-buildings/

Take photos-for insurance purposes, make sure to document all damages prior to beginning clean-up efforts.  Take photos of all damage.

Permitting required-Umatilla County would like to remind property owners that permits are required prior to replacing or making repairs to flood damaged structures.  There are permitting requirements for homes located within a flood plain. To learn if you home is located within a flood plain, visit www.msc.fema.gov

Dumpster availability-Umatilla County has placed dumpsters for cleaning up flood waste.  These dumpsters are distributed through various locations in the community.  Reminder, the dumpsters are ONLY for flood debris. As dumpster locations are added, they will be posted at www.umatillacounty.net

This will be the last daily update for this event, unless conditions change.  Information will continue to be updated at www.umatillacounty.net

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Damage Assessment Continues, More Resources Available for Umatilla Residents - 02/13/20

Umatilla County Flooding Event Updates - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Damage assessment and clean-up continued today in Umatilla County in response to the flooding experienced in the area since February 6. Additional resources have been made available for residents to assist in the clean-up process.  Below is updated resources and information for residents.

Structural Losses and Damage Self Reporting – Form still available for submission by residents
Umatilla County still needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood who have not already reported their losses and damage. To date, 387 structures have been reported as damaged in some way through the self-reporting system. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resource needs of our community. Some may need to fill out multiple forms, which are available in both English and Spanish, depending on the nature of losses:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses
  2. Business economic losses
  3. Agricultural losses

Forms are available online at www.umatillacounty.net.

Multi Agency Resource Center
Is open today until 8 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center located at 1601 Westgate. Those impacted by the flood will have face-to-face assistance on damage reporting and access to information about health, clothing, insurance, pets, among other related services. Those interested in volunteering to help with clean up can visit the Red Cross booth at this event for more information.

Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater/Walla Walla River Area
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow (Friday, February 14) for north county residents to receive assistance on damage reporting and connect to various resources.

Resources for After-Flood Clean-Up

  • Hotline Established - A hotline has been established through February 28, to help connect residents to reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris clean-up and muck-out services. Response times will vary due to overwhelming need, so please be patient. Please call 844-965-1386 for information.
  • Clean-up Safety – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued information to ensure the safety of our residents as clean-up efforts begin. Link to information at https://deqblog.com/2020/02/13/tips-for-safely-managing-debris-from-flood-damaged-buildings/.
  • Take photos of your damage before clean-up begins for insurance purposes.
  • Permitting Required - Umatilla County urges property owners impacted by recent flooding to be aware that permits are required prior to replacing or making repairs to damaged structures. There are certain permitting requirements for homes located within a flood plain. Learn if your home is in a flood plain at www.msc.fema.gov.
  • Dumpsters Available
    Umatilla County has placed dumpsters for cleaning up flood waste in various locations throughout community. These dumpsters are ONLY for people affected by recent flooding. As dumpster locations are added, they will be posted at www.umatillacounty.net for convenience.

Information will continue to be updated at www.umatillacounty.net.

 

Damage assessment continues in Umatilla County; Reporting deadline approaches - support available - 02/12/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           

Key messages for Wednesday, Feb. 12:

  • Damage, business and agricultural loss reports are due by noon Thursday, Feb. 13. Details on filing reports below.
  • A Multi Agency Resource Center will be open at Pendleton Convention Center from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 to provide those impacted by the flood with face-to-face assistance on a number of topics including damage reporting, health, housing, clothing, insurance, pets and other services.
  • The Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 and 14, for people in the north county area to get assistance on damage reporting forms and connect to other resources.
  • Damage assessment continues with a focus on the Milton-Freewater/Walla Walla River area and Umatilla River-Bingham Road area. Teams are deployed to connect with people who may not have access to other resources and to do additional damage assessment in the area.
  • The American Red Cross overnight shelter in Pendleton is moving from the convention center to the Pendleton Armory tonight, Feb. 12.
  • Team Rubicon is deploying 40 volunteers for recovery efforts.

Additional information for Feb. 12:

Flood response operations have fully transitioned from search and rescue to recovery mode, focusing on damage assessment and cleanup. Additional support is rolling in.

Umatilla County needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood regarding three elements of losses. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resources needs of our communities. Some people affected by the flood may need to fill out multiple forms depending on the nature of their losses.

These reports include:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses.
  2. Business economic losses.
  3. Agriculture losses.

To find the forms and instructions for reporting damages, go to the Umatilla County website, scroll down to the flood link for access to all the documents: co.umatilla.or.us

Businesses and individuals who need assistance completing or submitting reports may reach out to the following locations during business hours:

  • Pendleton City Hall
  • Milton-Freewater Public Library
  • Umatilla Public Library
  • Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office
  • Umatilla County Courthouse
  • Umatilla County Milton-Freewater Extension Office
  • Echo City Hall
  • Weston City Hall

or call the Umatilla County Flood Information Line: 541-966-3671.

Umatilla County deputies, local search and rescue volunteers and members of the Oregon State Fire Marshalls office are performing boots-on-the-ground information gathering in areas where additional information is needed to fully understand the impacts of the flood. These teams are talking to residents about the flood impacts, connecting them to resources, advising on the need to complete damage report forms, and more. Teams are assigned to the following areas:

  • Along the Umatilla River – Bingham Road area (2 teams)
  • Milton-Freewater area on the Walla Walla River, up the north and south forks (2 teams)
  • In the Mill Creek area near the Oregon/Washington border

The American Red Cross has been instrumental in caring for folks impacted by the flood. (NOTE: the Pendleton shelter is moving to the Pendleton Armory tonight.) Here are numbers on assistance provided by the Red Cross:

  • Last night, a family of four was sheltered in Walla Walla at the fairgrounds.
  • 19 people were sheltered at the Pendleton Convention Center.
  • 250 people have registered for services.
  • Over 250 people have registered for services including clothing, food, housing, and more.
  • Red Cross, with support from the Salvation Army, is providing about 200 meals a day on average.

Team Rubicon has deployed over 40 volunteers. These volunteers are the veterans, former emergency responders and other volunteers who will be on the ground to assist with muck-out/clean-up, debris removal and much more.

Cash Donations: Cash donations are being accepted by three local community organizations

  • Umatilla County/Pendleton region: Community Action Plan of East Central Oregon (CAPECO). Donate through the website. 800-752-1139
  • Milton-Freewater: Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Donate through the website. 509-529-4371
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Send a check to: CTUIR (Attn: Accounts Receivable), 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801
  • County roads and highways: Many roads and highways remain closed. Use TripCheck.com for the most recent details.

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Critical Damage Assessment Information Needed; AlertSense Public Notification Planned - 02/11/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

February 11, 2020

NOTE TO MEDIA:

  • Information about reporting damage to homes and businesses is urgent and critical. Reports should be filed with Umatilla County by noon Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
  • A public alert on the reporting process will be sent this afternoon or evening. Details below.

Critical Damage Assessment Information Needed

Umatilla County needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood regarding three elements of losses. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resources needs of our communities. Some people affected by the flood may need to fill out multiple forms depending on the nature of their losses.

These reports include:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses.
  2. Business economic losses.
  3. Agriculture losses.

To find the forms and instructions for reporting damages, go to the Umatilla County website, scroll down to the flood link for access to all the documents: co.umatilla.or.us

IMPORTANT NOTE:

AlertSense: Umatilla County will distribute an AlertSense public notification by text and email asking residents and business owners to complete online damage assessment forms. The message will be sent to those registered to receive the notifications in the areas affected by the flood.

Businesses and individuals who need assistance completing or submitting reports may reach out to the following locations during business hours:

  • Pendleton City Hall
  • Milton-Freewater Public Library
  • Umatilla Public Library,
  • Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office
  • Echo City Hall
  • Weston City Hall

or call the Umatilla County Flood Information Line: 541-966-3671. (Staffing limited.)

Cash Donations: Cash donations are being accepted by three local community organizations

  • Umatilla County/Pendleton region: Community Action Plan of East Central Oregon (CAPECO). Donate through the website. 800-752-1139
  • Milton-Freewater: Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Donate through the website. 509-529-4371
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Send a check to: CTUIR (Attn: Accounts Receivable), 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801 (New today, Tuesday, Feb. 11.)

Tuesday, Feb. 11:

  • Umatilla County crews are assessing flooding debris and will determine the best process for the clean-up, including allocation of dumpsters.
  • The Oregon Department of Land and Conservation are training staff from the Umatilla County Planning Department and local cities in damage assessment. Water can create severe structural damage. This step is required for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • County crews will inspect dams and levees in Pendleton and Milton-Freewater for damage.
  • Umatilla County will begin inspecting the heavy damage to Mill Creek Road. 
  • ODOT bridge crews will assist with bridge inspections.

Ongoing

  • Crews will continue recovery efforts throughout the area, including damage assessment, planning and repairs. 
  • Search and Rescue operations are on standby.
  • Short-term sheltering and associated needs for evacuated or displaced residents.

County Roads

  • Sections of Walla Walla River Road, Mill Creek Road and Bingham Road remain closed to vehicle traffic. Use TripCheck.com for the latest updates on county road and state highway closures.
  • OR Highway 204, the Tollgate Highway, remains closed between milepost 26.7 (Andes Prairie) and milepost 37.4 (Summerville Road).

Background

  • On Thursday Feb. 6, heavy rain and snow melt caused by warm temperatures brought flooding to many areas of Umatilla County.
  • A helicopter tour Monday Feb. 10 revealed multiple bridges out, road sections gone and homes isolated. 
  • During the flooding, the Oregon Army National Guard used helicopters to rescue 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit stranded by the flood. 
  • One woman was killed when high water swept through her property near the Bar M Ranch, the only reported fatality in the flooding.
  • High water and road damage closed Interstate 84 in both directions Friday Feb. 7 between Exits 182 and 188. One lane in each direction opened late Sunday night, Feb. 9. 

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Public reporting of damage a priority for Eastern Oregon flood recovery - 02/10/20

NOTE TO MEDIA: Information about reporting damage to homes and businesses is urgent and critical. Reports should be filed with Umatilla County by noon Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

February 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

As flood waters continue to recede, Umatilla County, in coordination with local cities, the state and other support agencies, have transitioned from search and rescue to damage assessment and recovery. Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flood should report damage to the county through the website listed below, by noon, Thursday, Feb. 13.

“It’s extremely important that our community members assist each other in getting damage reports submitted,” said Umatilla County Undersheriff Jim Littlefield. “If your neighbor doesn’t have internet access, or has a hard time getting around, walk over there with your mobile phone. Take some photos and use the website to walk them through the process.”

This information will be used to demonstrate the widespread impacts to the community and to request additional financial support from the federal government. (Note: This is not a supplement or a replacement for insurance coverage. Individuals and businesses should also report damage to their insurance companies.)

Flood Update

Umatilla County today coordinated several assessments of the most heavily affected areas as operations including:

  • Water and sewer system infrastructure
  • Irrigation networks
  • Large areas of debris
  • Transportation routes

Rural roads, Interstate 84 and Highway 204 are being still being assessed and/or repaired. There is no timeline on repairs for any of these roads at this time.

Flood information web page & Facebook

  • A web page has been set up to house flood resources in one location. Visit the Umatilla County website, co.umatilla.or.us, scroll down and click the flood information link. Links to details on public health, utilities, damage reporting, roads and other resources can be found here.
  • The County will continue to post updates on Facebook: facebook.com/umatillacountysheriff. Follow our page for the most recent information. 

Damage Reporting

It’s extremely important for those impacted by the 2020 flood to document damages to their home or business. 

  1. Make sure to take some time-stamped photos of the damage for reporting purposes. Keep notes and receipts.
  2. Report damage to your insurance company.
  3. Report damage to the county: Homeowners, renters and businesses are asked to use this website to report damage to the county: https://tinyurl.com/w4838tq. This information will be used to capture the community and financial impacts of the flood to request ongoing support from the state and the federal government. Reporting damage to this site may not result in direct financial assistance, but it will help the county access potential resources to help our community.)
  4. Share this information with neighbors who may not have access to the internet and help neighbors with mobility or technical limitations provide damage reports.

Local Donations

To support flood relief and make sure donations stay in the area, two organizations are collecting donations:

  • Umatilla County/Pendleton region: Community Action Plan of East Central Oregon (CAPECO)
  • Milton-Freewater: Blue Mountain Community Foundation

Power Line Safety: Some areas still have down or exposed power lines. Pacific Power has not been able to access the Mill Creek Road area. Do not touch exposed lines. Contact your power utility for assistance. 

What’s happening Tuesday:

  • Debris assessment: Umatilla County crews will begin assessing the extent of the debris left behind by the flooding. In the days ahead, officials will determine the allocation of dumpsters to get the cleanup process started.
  • Damage assessment:
    • Damage assessment training: The Oregon Department of Land and Conservation will train staff from the Umatilla County Planning Departments and from local cities in in damage assessment. Water can create severe structural damage. This step is required for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • Damage assessments of homes will begin.
    • Inspections continue of large structures and businesses.
  • Dam/levy inspection: County crews will inspect dams and levies in Pendleton and Milton-Freewater for damage.

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Umatilla County Flood Update - 02/10/20

What’s Happened So Far?

On Thursday Feb. 6, a combination of heavy rain and snow melt caused by warm temperatures brought flooding to many areas of Umatilla County.

  • Since flooding started, the Oregon Army National Guard used helicopters to rescue 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit stranded by the flood.
  • One woman was killed when high water swept through her property near the Bar M Ranch, the only reported fatality in the flooding.
  • High water and road damage closed Interstate 84 in both directions Friday Feb. 7 between Exits 182 and 188. Crews worked through the night and opened one lane in each direction late Sunday night, Feb. 9.
  • Public health information is attached regarding private water sources, septic systems and dealing with mold.

What’s Happening on Monday?

  • Weather is expected be cool and dry with no new flood threats.
  • A web site has been set up for homeowners, renters and businesses to report damage to their property: https://tinyurl.com/w4838tq. This information will be used by the county to capture impacts of the flood to request support from the state and federal government.
  • The search and rescue operation will transition to an assessment process to determine the extent of the damage.
  • Umatilla County crews will evaluate roads and the damage to county equipment.
  • ODOT will continue working on I-84 but there is no timeline for reopening the second eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • ODOT will continue to inspect and repair roads and structures and assess potential damage.
  • OR 204, the Tollgate Highway, remains closed between milepost 26.7, Andes Prairie, and 37.4 at Summerville Road.
  • Umatilla County crews will inspect and assess damage to Walla Walla River Road and Mill Creek Road.

What Happens Next?

  • Crews will continue recovery efforts throughout the area, including damage assessment and planning/constructing repairs.
  • ODOT will announce updates regarding opening the second eastbound and westbound lanes of I-84 and the closed section of OR 204.

Attached Media Files: MOLD , MOLD , septic , Water , Water , Water
Body of missing woman found - 02/09/20

February 9, 2020

Pendleton – The woman previously reported missing from the Bar M Ranch area near Pendleton has been found deceased.  Janet Tobkin Conley, 62, was reported missing on February 8 by neighbors, following the flood event. Neighbors reported having last contacted Conley on the evening of February 6th as flood waters were rising in the area.  At that point, Conley stated that she wished to stay in her home.   

Volunteers from the Umatilla County Search and Rescue, as well as resources from the Oregon Air National Guard began searching the area for Conley on Saturday.  Conley was located on Sunday morning, on the Bar M Ranch property by searchers and neighbors from the area. It appears she was swept away by rushing water.

“Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Ms Conley in this difficult time,” said Incident Commander Dwight Johnson, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant.  

Damage to transportation systems have impacted the ability for many residents to evacuate.  Oregon Air National Guard and Umatilla County Search and Rescue volunteers are still working in flood impacted areas to assist residents who wish to evacuate from their homes.  

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Search and Rescue Operations continue in Umatilla County (Photo) - 02/09/20

Sunday, February 9th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and partner agencies are continuing SAR operations throughout the day.

Extraction operations will be taking place in the South Fork of Walla Walla River Rd up to Harris Park, and Mill Creek areas, for those who have requested assistance and are stranded due to flooding.  An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M-Blackhawk as well as a CH-47-Chinook will be assisting with extractions for those wishing to evacuate.

Volunteer Search and Rescue teams are currently conducting a ground search of the Thorn Hollow/Gibbon area with UTVs and will perform extractions if requested.

Captions:

Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M-Blackhawk  flight crew and members of Umatilla County Search and Rescue Volunteers get ready to begin rescue operations for community members who have become stranded due to flooding and have requested assistance. (Photo Courtesy Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

 

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Search and Rescue Operations continue in Umatilla County (Photo) - 02/09/20

Sunday, February 9th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and partner agencies are continuing SAR operations throughout the day.

Extraction operations will be taking place in the South Fork of Walla Walla River Rd up to Harris Park, and Mill Creek areas, for those who have requested assistance and are stranded due to flooding.  An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M-Blackhawk as well as a CH-47-Chinook will be assisting with extractions for those wishing to evacuate.

Volunteer Search and Rescue teams are currently conducting a ground search of the Thorn Hollow/Gibbon area with UTVs and will perform extractions if requested.

Captions:

Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M-Blackhawk  flight crew and members of Umatilla County Search and Rescue Volunteers get ready to begin rescue operations for community members who have become stranded due to flooding and have requested assistance. (Photo Courtesy Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

 

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Janet Tobkin Conley
Janet Tobkin Conley
Missing Person in Bar M Ranch Area, NE Umatilla County (Photo) - 02/08/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 8, 2020

Sheriff’s Office Reports Missing Person in Bar M Ranch Area

On Saturday, February 8th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) received a report of a missing person from Bobsled Lane in the Bar M Ranch area.

Janet Tobkin Conley is described as a white female, age 62, gray hair, blue eyes, height 5’8", 140 pounds and she may be wearing glasses.

Conley was last seen Thursday, February 6th around 7:00 PM in the Bar M Ranch area. Neighbors discovered she was missing Friday morning approximately 7:00 AM, and she was reported missing to UCSO on Saturday morning, February 8th. Conley is an experienced hiker and camper and is familiar with the area.

Anyone with information about Conley should contact Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 541-966-3651.

Attached Media Files: Janet Tobkin Conley
Bingham Road Area courtesy of Umatilla Search and Rescue
Bingham Road Area courtesy of Umatilla Search and Rescue
21 people evacuated from Umatilla County flood (Photo) - 02/08/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 8, 2020

Pendleton – On Saturday, February 8th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reported there were successful evacuation efforts using two helicopters in areas affected by county flooding. Helicopters provided by the National Guard and Umatilla County Search and Rescue personnel both worked on these missions.

A total of 16 people were evacuated from the Bingham Road area. Five people were evacuated from the Mill Creek area.

More evacuations are planned for Sunday, February 9th.

After waters recede, people will start working on after-flood recovery efforts. Here are some important things to remember during clean up:

For individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability, call 711 (TTY and other services are available). For VRS, please call 1-866-337-4262

  1. Resources for after-disaster clean up:
  2. Contact your city to find out where debris can be disposed of in your area; if you are a non-city resident, contact your county
  3. Check to make sure contractors doing repairs are licensed by visiting the Oregon Construction Contractors Board page: https://www.oregon.gov/ccb/Pages/index.aspx
  4. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who have questions about their flood insurance policy or the claims process, and disaster survivors who have general questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, can contact a NFIP representative by calling the NFIP Call Center toll-free at 1-800-427-4661?
  5. Take photos of your damage before you clean up, for insurance purposes

English: http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/health/env/Homeowners_and_Renters_Guide%20Mold%20(1).pdf

Spanish: http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/health/env/IEPWG_Mold_Homeowners_and_Renters_Spanish_508%20Mold.pdf

Many roads in the county are still closed due to high water or damage. Do not drive around road-closed signs as roads are impassable and you could interfere with ongoing rescue efforts.

People are asked to check www.tripcheck.com before they travel, although many county roads are not updated on this site. Do not drive through standing water and stay away from creeks, rivers and levees.

Bingham Road area Photo from Umatilla Co. Search and Rescue
Bingham Road area Photo from Umatilla Co. Search and Rescue
21 Rescured from Umitalla Flood, Saturday (Photo) - 02/08/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jodi Florence

February 8, 2020

Pendleton – On Saturday, February 8th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reported there were successful evacuation efforts using two helicopters in areas affected by county flooding. Helicopters provided by the National Guard and Umatilla County Search and Rescue personnel both worked on these missions.

A total of 16 people were evacuated from the Bingham Road area. Five people were evacuated from the Mill Creek area.

More evacuations are planned for Sunday, February 9th.

After waters recede, people will start working on after-flood recovery efforts. Here are some important things to remember during clean up:

For individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability, call 711 (TTY and other services are available). For VRS, please call 1-866-337-4262

  1. Resources for after-disaster clean up:
  2. Contact your city to find out where debris can be disposed of in your area; if you are a non-city resident, contact your county
  3. Check to make sure contractors doing repairs are licensed by visiting the Oregon Construction Contractors Board page: https://www.oregon.gov/ccb/Pages/index.aspx
  4. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who have questions about their flood insurance policy or the claims process, and disaster survivors who have general questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, can contact a NFIP representative by calling the NFIP Call Center toll-free at 1-800-427-4661?
  5. Take photos of your damage before you clean up, for insurance purposes

English: http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/health/env/Homeowners_and_Renters_Guide%20Mold%20(1).pdf

Spanish: http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/health/env/IEPWG_Mold_Homeowners_and_Renters_Spanish_508%20Mold.pdf

Many roads in the county are still closed due to high water or damage. Do not drive around road-closed signs as roads are impassable and you could interfere with ongoing rescue efforts.

People are asked to check www.tripcheck.com before they travel, although many county roads are not updated on this site. Do not drive through standing water and stay away from creeks, rivers and levees.

Bingham Road area Photo from Umatilla Co. Search and Rescue
Bingham Road area Photo from Umatilla Co. Search and Rescue
21 Rescured from Umitalla Flood, Saturday (Photo) - 02/08/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jodi Florence

February 8, 2020

Pendleton – On Saturday, February 8th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reported there were successful evacuation efforts using two helicopters in areas affected by county flooding. Helicopters provided by the National Guard and Umatilla County Search and Rescue personnel both worked on these missions.

A total of 16 people were evacuated from the Bingham Road area. Five people were evacuated from the Mill Creek area.

More evacuations are planned for Sunday, February 9th.

After waters recede, people will start working on after-flood recovery efforts. Here are some important things to remember during clean up:

For individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability, call 711 (TTY and other services are available). For VRS, please call 1-866-337-4262

  1. Resources for after-disaster clean up:
  2. Contact your city to find out where debris can be disposed of in your area; if you are a non-city resident, contact your county
  3. Check to make sure contractors doing repairs are licensed by visiting the Oregon Construction Contractors Board page: https://www.oregon.gov/ccb/Pages/index.aspx
  4. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who have questions about their flood insurance policy or the claims process, and disaster survivors who have general questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, can contact a NFIP representative by calling the NFIP Call Center toll-free at 1-800-427-4661?
  5. Take photos of your damage before you clean up, for insurance purposes

English: http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/health/env/Homeowners_and_Renters_Guide%20Mold%20(1).pdf

Spanish: http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/health/env/IEPWG_Mold_Homeowners_and_Renters_Spanish_508%20Mold.pdf

Many roads in the county are still closed due to high water or damage. Do not drive around road-closed signs as roads are impassable and you could interfere with ongoing rescue efforts.

People are asked to check www.tripcheck.com before they travel, although many county roads are not updated on this site. Do not drive through standing water and stay away from creeks, rivers and levees.

Road Closures, Umatilla County Flood - 02/08/20

February 8, 2020

Pendleton – Due to flooding, the following roads are CLOSED:

Bingham Road

Milton-Freewater:
Mill Creek Road
Walla Walla River Road closed at 15th Street Bridge to end of road at Harris Park
Couse Creek Road—Walla Walla River east to Walla Walla River Road
Spofford Road closed at intersection Milton Cemetery Road south to Walla Walla River Road.
Cash Hollow Road at intersection Cash Hollow Road and Kinnear
Lincton Mountain Road at intersection Lincton Road and Walla Walla River Road
County Road 525 Powerline Road a North Fork Walla Walla River Road

Between Cayuse and Mission:
River Road (Road #918) at N Cayuse Road
White Road at intersection River Road and White Road
Thorn Hollow Grade at Duff Road

Additional Closures:
Echo Meadows
Stanfield Meadows
Reith Road
Thielson Road

If you have questions about flooding in Umatilla County, please call 541-966-3671.

photo from Oregon Office of Emergency Management
photo from Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Search and Rescue efforts Continue in Umatilla County (Photo) - 02/08/20

February 8, 2020

Pendleton – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to organize operations with a Type 3 Incident Management Team (local officials) around the county to aid citizens in response to flooding in the county.

On Friday, February 7th, 26 people were evacuated by Umatilla County Search and Rescue. Most of the evacuated were from the Umatilla River Road/Bingham Road area and Mill Creek Road area.

Umatilla County’s objectives today are to check on residents on the South Fork of the Umatilla, Umatilla River Road (Gibbon/Bingham Road) and Mill Creek Road. Search and Rescue personnel will be checking with residents to determine if more evacuations are needed. Air support is being provided by the National Guard.

Last night, 17 people stayed in the Red Cross Shelter at the Pendleton Convention Center. Eight people stayed overnight at the Walla Walla Shelter.

 

Many roads in the county are still closed due to high water or damage. People are asked to check www.tripcheck.com before they travel, although many county roads are not updated on this site. Do not drive through standing water and stay away from creeks, rivers and levees.