Pendleton, Oregon - The Incident Command Team continues meeting with agencies and are providing the following information;
The Bureau of Reclamation reported the flow is currently at 1700 cfs from McKay Dam. The goal of 2000 cfs was met yesterday. Overnight the inflow continued to drop, which allowed for the reservoir level to drop and allow the release to decrease to 1700 cfs. The flows will be maintained and monitored throughout the day.
The National Weather Service reported the current rainfall is not as heavy as anticipated. The majority of the rainfall is coming in from the north which does not directly impact the flooding in the McKay area in Pendleton.
Struve Bridge at Kirk Ext. remains under the monitor of the City of Pendleton Public Works Department. If residents need access to that area, it is recommended they continue to use the SW 44th Street bypass.
The water levels are flowing freely below the private bridge located at the City of Pendleton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Teams were out in partnership with Team Rubicon and surveyed 102 homes in the McKay area. Six homes remain without power. Nine homes reported flooded basements, twenty-eight homes reported subfloor or foundation flooding and sixty-five homes had water encroachment on the property. Over ninety homes had actively sandbagged their property.
Continued safety practices should be observed:
Stay out of flood water if possible. If you have to go into flooded areas, wear sturdy shoes to prevent injuries to feet. There may be unseen currents that could cause falls and even drowning. Flooded areas and roads may be washed out or unstable to walk or drive on. If you are exposed to flood waters, wash thoroughly, including clothing and shoes to prevent possible contamination.
Avoid electric shock by never turning power on or off while standing in water. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off. Generators should ONLY be used outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is recommended sandbags remain in place for the time being.
There will be a meeting at Sherwood school located at 3235 SW Nye Avenue, Pendleton, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm pertaining to the situation on McKay Creek. The main purpose of this meeting is to provide information to the community members being affected along McKay Creek.
The next scheduled press release will be sent out at 4:00 pm today.