Willamette River Floods in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Willamette River rose about 10 feet over the weekend in Corvallis. At Willamette Park in south Corvallis, the parking lot is completely flooded, and the water is spilling into the park. On Monday morning, the water completely covered the boat ramp and covered most of the parking lot . Paths throughout … Continue reading »

Philomath Roads Flooded

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Flooding in Philomath is forcing drivers to re-route as they try to get around. Residents say they’re cautious but not concerned. “This is the first place it floods from the Mary’s River,” said Beverly Lonsway, a Philomath resident. It didn’t take long for Chapel Drive to flood right in front of Lonsway’s … Continue reading »

Neighbors Fight to Rebuild Boardwalk

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Neighbors are fundraising to bring back a boardwalk to the Marys River Natural Area, after the original was destroyed during a major flood two years ago. The Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department received $193,910 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds to pay for 75 percent of the cost to replace the boardwalk. … Continue reading »

Bentonite Spill Cleanup at Marys River

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released an update about bentonite spill into the Marys River in September. ODFW says the cleanup was cut short because of heavy rain. The spill happened while Northwest Natural was working on a pipe installation project and a drilling lubricant was released into the Marys … Continue reading »

NW Natural Cleans Up Bentonite

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The cleanup is underway in Corvallis, after a drilling lubricant was released into the Marys River. NW Natural is working on a nine-mile gas pipe installation project. On Aug. 15, while a contractor was working for NW Natural, bentonite, a clay-like substance, seeped into a portion of the Marys River near Pioneer Park. … Continue reading »