Heavy rain in Curry County brings multiple landslides

The rain left behind a mess. From homes being flooded to roads being blocked by rocks and trees.

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 6:32 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 6:39 PM

BROOKINGS, OR--  The rain left behind a mess. A big mess. From homes being flooded to roads being blocked by rocks and trees.

Lynda Oliver lives right next to a landslide on Winchuck River Road. She says, "he heard a noise and the power went out so he came down to see if a tree had fallen or something with the power lines. The slide had occurred." Lynda Oliver and her husband were outside today watching the clean up at the bottom of their driveway.

Oliver says, "basically a slide occurred a little ways below our house, took out our road and just came down the canyon bringing trees and everything you see here." The slide is blocking the road. Preventing them from getting to town.

Oliver says, "we can't drive our cars out. So we're you know going to have to figure something out to get us into town and back." Don Hannen a Road foreman with Curry County Road Department says, "basically what happened was the saturated ground gave away." Today he is working on multiple landslides near Brookings. He says, "we are doing our best to get them cleaned up."

Last night Hannen says the county had to close some roads because it was just not safe for people to drive through or to work on the roads. He says, "we are thankful the rain has stopped so we are able to work on it today."

The ground is still so saturated you can see it as the mud drops. While I was with the crew this afternoon they reopened a drainage pipe clogged by the landslide. Only one step closer to the Oliver's lives getting back to normal.

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