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Debris slides shut down I-84 again, road conditions remain unsettled

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TROUTDALE, Ore. -- Debris slides continue to plague I-84 and its surrounding areas in Oregon after days of heavy rain and snow.

On Thursday, a new slide briefly closed the Historic Columbia River Highway, U.S. 30,  between Vista House and Larch Mountain Road.

Crews were able to get the road open before sunrise, but then a few hours later, a came bigger problem arose.

Another Thursday morning slide between mileposts 36 and 37 forced the closures of Interstate 84 in both directions between exit 17 in Troutdale and exit 62 in Hood River.

On top of that, a jackknifed truck at milepost 53 in the eastbound lanes complicated has traffic even further. ODOT expects an extended closure.

Oregon has been like that this week with lots of snow and rain all the time. ODOT expects that the area is in for more snow by nightfall in the upper elevations, more rain in the lowlands and both in the Gorge.

Road conditions remain unsettled across much of Oregon, including the mountain passes.

In Eastern Oregon, OR 334 remains closed Thursday by heavily drifting snow, but Interstate 84 re-opened completely in Eastern Oregon Wednesday after weather-related closures.

With all this rain, ODOT says that travelers need to be prepared for delays caused by high water, rising rivers, downed trees or slides. Consider packing a bag with supplies like water, food, a charged phone and other necessities that might be needed in a lengthy closure.

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