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Crews work to clear landslides from Highway 58

Officials said they expect the road to stay closed into Tuesday.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 7:35 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2019 7:39 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Portions of Highway 58 near Lowell are closed after heavy rain caused three landslides.

The largest landslide occurred at milepost 27, eight miles west of Oakridge. Two other smaller landslides happened at milepost 28 and about 11 miles east of Pleasant Hill.

RELATED: Landslide closes Highway 58 near Oakridge

Officials said they expect the road to stay closed into Tuesday afternoon. However, they said a route for emergency vehicles would be opened by Monday night.

Officials also said with this damage on top the damage already done by the historic snowstorm, they expect the total cost of the cleanup to exceed $1 million.

“It's just a really hard time for Oakridge. This is the second time they've had Highway 58 shut off in about a month, and we want to give them access,” said Angela Beers-Seydel, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Additionally, many residents along Highway 58 are dealing with severe flooding.

"Scared, worried, my chickens are out there in that coop. I'm really worried about them, I just never expected this to happen,” said Eugene resident Julie Riggs.

Many residents said they hope the water levels don’t continue to rise but said they were grateful for community support during difficult times.

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