Pendleton, Oregon - The Incident Command Team has been meeting with agencies and are providing the following information;
The Bureau of Reclamation is currently ramping down releases to 2000 cfs from McKay Dam. Water managers will closely monitor the possible incoming precipitation through the night, and depending on impacts to reservoir levels, may reduce releases further tomorrow morning.
It is not a time to remove sandbags, it is recommended they remain in place for the time being.
Struve Bridge at Kirk Ext. remains closed and is under the monitor of the City of Pendleton Public Works Department. If you need access to that area, use the SW 44th Street bypass.
One of the most important safety tips is to stay out of flood waters.
If people have to walk in flood waters, make sure to wear sturdy shoes. Remember that sharp objects can penetrate rubber boots. Injuries to the feet and hands are the most common during flood clean up. Also people should be mindful of still water. Although still water may look harmless, there may be currents, which can cause falls, other injuries and even drowning. If you are injured, there is a possibility of infection and you should see your physician if necessary.
Most people don’t realize that as little as six inches of water may cause a person to lose control of a car or truck. And two feet of water will carry most cars away. So, when driving if you approach a flooded road, turn around. Do not try to cross. The recent floods have made many roads impassable.
Electric shock is another common preventable injury. Never turn power on or off while standing in water. If electrical circuits and electrical equipment have gotten wet or are in or near water, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is another common injury associated with flooding. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. If people have experienced a power outage, they might be using a generator, which produces carbon monoxide. Generators should be placed outside the home—not in the home, basement, or garage. Sometimes people think putting the generator near a window, door, or vent is ok, but that too can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. The best advice is to keep that generator outside of your home.
The next scheduled press release will be sent out at 10:00 am tomorrow morning.