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Eastern Oregon begins recovery as flood waters recede, one woman reported dead

Traffic crews have begun reopening areas of I-84 to traffic this week after water inundated roadways around the Columbia River Basin.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 11:20 AM

PENDLETON, Ore. — Areas wracked by flood waters and slides in northeastern Oregon last week are beginning to recover as flood waters recede and crews work to open up roadways again.

Authorities in Umatilla County say that one woman was found dead in the wake of the floods.

Neighbors reported 62-year-old Janet Tobkin Conley missing from a ranch near Pendleton last week. She reportedly told them that she wanted to stay in her home as the flood waters rose. Search and rescue teams and the Oregon Air National Guard began searching for Conley on Saturday.

"Conley was located on Sunday morning, on the Bar M Ranch property by searchers and neighbors from the area," the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office said. "It appears she was swept away by rushing water."


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According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) the National Guard used helicopters to rescue 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and a rabbit during the height of those floods. Conley is still the only known fatality.

High waters and subsequent road damage forced ODOT to close Interstate 84 in both directions on Friday. Crews worked through the night and opened one lane in each direction by late Sunday night.

The agency said that it would continue to work on inspections and repairs, but there was "no timeline" for completely reopening all lanes of the highway, in addition to nearby roads and structures.

This week the weather is expected to be cool and dry in the region, with no new threat of floods for the time being.

Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency for Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties on Friday, freeing up more resources to aid in recovery through the region.

ODOT said that a website had been set up for homeowners, renters and businesses to report damage to their property, which the agency said would be used by Umatilla County to request support from the state and federal government.

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