CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County commissioners have declared a local emergency due to heavy flooding.
Commissioners Annabelle Jaramillo, Pat Malone and Xan Augerot signed the declaration Thursday morning. The emergency applies to unincorporated areas of the county, which officials said have been isolated by damaged and closed roads.
Highway 34 has been closed between Colorado Lake Drive and NW First Street, and the bypass is closed at Highway 99W. Officials said the road will remain closed until the water level drops and damage can be assessed.
Multiple water rescues in the Monroe area and Kiger Island have taken place, and dispatchers have fielded 622 calls so far, double their normal call volume. Officials warned against making attempts to cross high water.
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