County Commissioners declare disaster

Benton County Commissioners declare state of emergency
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Today at 8:30 a.m., Benton County Commissioners Annabelle Jaramillo, Pat Malone and Xan Augerot signed a declaration of local emergency/disaster for the unincorporated areas of Benton County. 

Flooding beginning April 8, 2019 in the area created high water conditions due to heavy rains and the release of water at Dorena Dam in Lane County. A preliminary assessment shows isolated areas of the county due to damaged and closed roads.

There have been multiple swift water rescues in and around the City of Monroe as well as Kiger Island. The Corvallis Regional Communications Center (911) fielded 622 calls so far, about double their normal call volume for this time of year.

In Corvallis, the OR 34 Corvallis-Lebanon Highway is closed by flood water between Colorado Lake Drive and NW First Street, at the river. The Bypass is closed at OR 99W. The road will remain closed until the water recedes. Travelers should expect heavy traffic on alternate routes.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office remind residents and drivers:

  • Avoid these areas of Benton County and Corvallis.
  • Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Police Department, Benton County Public Works and Corvallis Fire Department established an Emergency Operation Center and are currently in monitoring status.
  • Several other roads around Benton County have high water and may be difficult to travel. Check for state highways, and for local roads check the Benton County website or call Benton County Public Works at 541-766-6821 for the latest information about road closures and high water areas.
  • It is important to remember not to attempt to cross high water areas. Turn around, don’t drown!  Obey traffic and high water signs to prevent becoming stranded or swept away in current.