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Marion County Flooding UpdateSalem-News.com
Includes important tips for local residents.
(SALEM) - The improvement in the weather during the past 24 hours has given emergency crews a chance to begin the recovery process in Marion County. The Marion County ECC is still in operation, but was expected to ramp down later this afternoon with staff remaining on call if needed, according to Don Thomson with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Preliminary reports from Turner revealed the following agencies provided personnel and/or equipment during the past 24 hours:
During the past 24 hours, approximately 70 emergency personnel from these agencies assisted the 1800 residents of the City of Turner. A total of 6 rescue boats were deployed and transportation was provided in Marion County Sheriff’s office buses.
Thomson said, "Approximately 300 homes were directly affected by the flood waters; with around 150 residents voluntarily evacuating from their homes. They are slowly moving back into their homes this afternoon and beginning the clean up process."
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police plan to remain in Turner to provide back-up law enforcement service to the city for as long as necessary, Thomson said. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber accompanied the Mayor of Turner, toured the city this afternoon. He also spoke with residents and emergency personnel, offering encouragement and support.
Red Cross mobile services are in Turner today, providing water & clean-up kits to residents. These resources will also be available on Saturday and Sunday at the warehouse at 3rd and Chicago streets in Turner. No fatalities or critical injuries as a result of this event have been reported in the county, but Thomas says the flood waters forced a number of people from their homes. "24 people spent the night at the Red Cross shelter at Bethel Baptist Church in Aumsville. The shelter is open today and will remain open in the near future. They do not take pets, but residents can contact the Marion County Dog Shelter at 503-566-6966 if they have needs for small pets and should plan on bringing animals in before 5:30 p.m. today."
Less rain is expected over the weekend, but gusty winds tonight and tomorrow could affect trees loosened by saturated soil, so continue to use caution while driving and be on the lookout for fallen trees. Weather forecasting for next week includes more rain with a drop in freezing level followed by another rise, so emergency centers are preparing to stand up again if needed. Additional information & links are available at: www.co.marion.or.us
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