BROOKINGS, Ore. – Some places in Brookings have seen as much as 10 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. The downpour caused the Chetco River to flood over the bank and left feet of water in the At Rivers Edge RV Resort early Tuesday morning.
Some residents say they don’t have flood insurance because it isn’t offered for their location on the Chetco River. One resident says flooding here is not uncommon, but believes it’s never been this severe in her 28 years of living there. Creeks and rivers are swelling and flood damage is being seen across our area. Residents of at Rivers Edge RV Resort returned to see what was left of their homes Tuesday afternoon after evacuating the area Monday.
One resident of At River’s Edge, Guy Barnes, took a look at what was left inside his home and thinks everything is a loss. Barnes said earlier Tuesday morning the water level was more than hip deep. Barnes’ neighbor, Megan smith and her husband, had just moved in from Nevada three months ago. They took their pets and RV with them when they were advised to evacuate Monday morning. She said the extent of the flooding caught her off guard.
Smith said flood insurance wasn’t available along the Chetco River and although it could be worse, she is still trying to pick up the pieces. Barnes’ home was flooded earlier this year however only the carpet was affected then. His wife has lived in the same spot for more than 25 years and says this is the worst flooding has ever been.
Several residents say they are packing up for good because they can’t risk having another flood happen again.