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Friday, January 2nd, 2009

First we needed a plow--now we need an ark

Work is crazy but the weather seems even crazier.

First, we had century-noteworthy snowfalls. Then, it all melted so fast, we had some minor flooding issues. Now, we've had at least 4 in. of rain in the past 24 hours and are in a serious flood watch. Rivers are cresting all around. I heard on the news this AM about a house in my neck of the woods (but not that close) being hit by a landslide.

From what I heard on the news early this AM, the mud hit the house with such force that it came in through the back of the house and garage with enough force to push an SUV in the garage out the closed garage door and down to the street. Luckily the people in the house were sleeping upstairs or they could have been killed by the force of the mud and water.

I just got a copy of the local Lake O. newsletter with the following story:

Just after 1:00 a.m. this morning, City of Lake Oswego Fire personnel responded to a large landslide which appears to have originated from slopes above Green Bluff Drive in the Marylhurst area. A total of 20 homes along Woodhurst Place and Brookhurst Drive, and one home on Green Bluff Drive, were evacuated as a result of the landslide. 28 people were evacuated and 5 transported to hospitals.
At this time, the landslide appears to have stabilized. Geotechnical professionals are currently conducting an investigation and evaluating apparent causes of the slide. They will also determine if further movement is likely at the site or if the slide can be stabilized. Residents are allowed to return to their homes for a maximum of 20 minutes to retrieve personal necessities, such as medicine. The site will continue to be evaluated by the geotechnical experts as debris is removed. Woodhurst Place and Green Bluff Drive will continue to be closed and people will not be allowed to permanently return into the area until after the final evaluation.

I'm thinking we may need the ark any minute!! The good news is no one was killed or severely injured but they indicated this morning that the one house is a total loss.

Weird winter!
dannie   Friday, January 2, 2009
And winter's just begun! Hope you've seen the worst of it, Linda. Please don't leave us again!
!   Friday, January 2, 2009
Luckily I don't live on a hill or under a hill or close to any river--so I'm pretty safe where I am at least from flooding. We did get snow again this AM but it was pretty light and mostly gone. Just a few patches here and there. I'll do my best to hang around! This keeps up I'm asking for an aircard! LOL
LGrant   Friday, January 2, 2009
The strange weather is happening all over the country. There is certainly some sort of climate change causing havic. It is frightening to see so much destruction in so many places. I hope you keep dry and warm!
Leslie   Friday, January 2, 2009
We are usually pretty tame. It's been a strange year. Mountains are already at 300% yearly snowfall. That's not good if spring hits fast and early. And with all the saturation now--it could be some serious flooding. Again, I'm lucky I'm in an area that has nothing like that to worry about. Living by a river might be beautiful but the way they can swell around here in the spring--I'd want to be up a bit. I can't remember who said it but I know someone here said they have a phobia about living on a hill. I kept thinking about that this morning when I heard the story. My heart goes out to those people. The housing boom around here over the last 5 years or so probably put houses in places they should never have been put and not put them up as safely as they should have been built for that kind of terrain. I hope those folks have good insurance and are ok.
LGrant   Friday, January 2, 2009
an ark, each sickening smell announces a flood :-(
talkswithstrangers   Friday, January 2, 2009
I hear what you are saying, Linda, about the housing boom. Most likely there will be more destruction in the years to come for the same reason. Mother nature can wield some pretty nasty stuff at us at time and what we thought was previously safe and secure turns into a disaster.
Whenever we have severe flooding of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers we always hear about people losing their homes to flood damage. I feel sorry for those people on one hand, but on the other hand, when you build in a flood plain of a major river you are gambling with nature. Levees that are built to prevent the flooding will not last indefinitely against turbulent water.
stheinz   Friday, January 2, 2009
Amen, Steve. As I said, I'm really in a very safe spot. No hills, no rivers, not even a creek to overflow. Sadly I saw that one of the libraries in my county suffered damage too. Sounds like they built a little too close to a creek area. I'm not sure if I had books in my building if I would chance that for the beauty or what! They are going to be closed a minimum of 2 weeks and have thousands of books damaged or destroyed. The heavy snows in the mountains here create spring problems unless we warm up very slowly. Too many people have built beside one of the rivers only to lose everything. A couple of years ago one of the $1M homes on the coast was destroyed when the bank underneath gave way. We just don't factor in nature and her moods. I guess some folks just don't know when to give up an old homestead for a safer area--or can't afford to. I remember vividly the news saying these folks on the coast could not rebuild so all would be lost. I'm not completely without risks--there are some massive trees that could destroy the house if they came down but I will trust that they have been here a long time and I'm as safe as I can be any place--there is no place so safe from damage that you can feel that sure--no place.
LGrant   Saturday, January 3, 2009
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