Willamette Valley Copes With Flooding

Jan 20, 2012

SALEM, Ore. – Rising flood waters have led to evacuations and road closures in the Willamette Valley. In the town of Turner, city officials have encouraged all residents to evacuate. Shelters are open in Salem for those displaced by flood waters. Salem residents Mark and Andi Bean were eyeing the rising waters. They were filling up sandbags at a city of Salem maintenance facility.

Mark Bean: "We've got about six intersections all closed off in like a three-block radius of us. The alley way was the only way to drive out. So we figured we'd better grab a few just as a precaution. I don't think it will be a problem, but..."

Andi Bean: "I do. I do."

The rising waters led officials at the Oregon State Penitentiary to put the facility on lockdown status. In Albany, two people were killed when their vehicle was swept into a raging creek. Flood watches and warnings remain in effect for most western Oregon until Friday morning. The severe weather is also wreaking havoc in Washington state, where Governor Chris Gregoire has declared a state of emergency.

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