By News-Register staff • 

Some roads reopen, with limitations; forecast still calls for rain

UPDATE: 11 a.m. Thursday

Most roads affected by flooding have reopened, with limitations, as water from this week's extremely heavy rains recedes. Road crews are working on repairs.

Some city streets remain closed, as do flooded parks such as McMinnville's Lower City Park. Eagle Point Road is limited to local traffic only.

Forecasters are predicting more thunderstorms this afternoon. Thunder awakened Yamhill County residents before dawn today, as well.

Rain is still in the forecast. However, rainfall totals are expected to be only one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch daily -- much less than the amount the fell Monday and Tuesday.

 

 

UPDATE: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Weather forecasters say the Yamhill Valley may receive one-fourth to one-half of an inch of rain overnight, with additional wet stuff on Thursday. They're also predicting thunderstorms on Thursday, as well as strong winds with gusts of wind up to 33 mph.

 

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday:

Forecasters are now predicting rain and possible thunderstorms late this afternoon and into the evening. Rain remains in the forecast through the weekend.

The South Yamhill River and many local creeks remain at flood stage, with some roads closed and parks flooded, as listed  below.

Sandbags, provided in limited quantities by the county and cities, are available at the following locations:

* Yamhill County, 2060 N.E. Lafayette Ave., McMinnville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., residents can pick up filled bags.

* Amity, City Park on Fifth Street, self-serve, all hours.

* Dundee, Maple Street between 10th and 11th streets, by the storage units, self-serve, all hours. Unfilled bags are available at the Dundee fire station.

* McMinnville, at the dog park, 1900 Riverside Drive, self-serve, all hours.

* Newberg, Public Works Maintenance Yard, 500 W. Third Street, self-serve from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Sheridan, Liberty Homes parking lot, self-serve, all hours. Be prepared to show proof of Sheridan residency.

* Willamina, Public Works Shop, 500 Adams St., self-serve, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

The following county roads are closed:

DeJong (river overflowing)
Holly Hill (trees down in Washington Co)
Moore's Valley at Westside
Worden Hill (trees down/entangled power lines)

In McMinnville, high water has closed the following:

Park Drive through Lower City Park

Marsh Lane through Dancer Park

Brooks Street through Dancer Park

County roads that are open, but with limitations are:

Abbey/Kuehne/Hendricks Intersection (drainage damage)
Eagle Point (Open to local traffic only)
Grand Island, Lower Road (High Water)
Jernstedt (one lane open)
Parrish (one lane open)
Peavine (slide area)
Pumpkinseed (one lane open).
Rock Creek (one lane open)

 

UPDATE: 9 a.m. Wednesday:

Although only a drizzle was falling this morning, forecasts are still calling for more stormy weather through mid-day Thursday. Rivers remain high and standing water is covering many fields.

Sandbags are available at the following locations, provided in limited quantities by the county and cities:

Yamhill County, 2060 N.E. Lafayette Ave., McMinnville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., residents can pick up filled bags.

Amity, City Park on Fifth Street, self-serve, all hours.

Dundee, Maple Street between 10th and 11th streets, by the storage units, self-serve, all hours. Unfilled bags are available at the Dundee fire station.

McMinnville, at the dog park, 1900 Riverside Drive, self-serve, all hours.

Newberg, Public Works Maintenance Yard, 500 W. Third Street, self-serve from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sheridan, Liberty Homes parking lot, self-serve, all hours. Be prepared to show proof of Sheridan residency.

Willamina, Public Works Shop, 500 Adams St., self-serve, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Forecasts call for 3 inches or more of rain over the next 36 hours. Together with high winds, that could lead to falling trees, flooding and landslides, as well as power outages.

The following county parks are closed because of high water: 

Rogers Landing

Stuart Grenfell Park

Lafayette Locks Park

Blackwell Park

The Community Winter Shelter will be open from 8 o'clock tonight until 8 a.m. Thursday at the McMinnville Covenant Church, 2155 N.W. Second St. in McMinnville.. Free bus rides to the shelter are available from the county transit shelter at 7:45 p.m., the Courthouse bus stop at 7:55 p.m. and the McMinnville Public Library drive-up at 8 p.m.

 

 

Update: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8

High water has been reported on Abbey Road, McDougall Road, the Highway 18/99W interchange, and at North Valley Road near Hillside Drive in Newberg.

Yamhill County Emergency Management reports that Jermstedt Road and Eagle Point Road one mile west of Muddy Valley have been closed.

It reports that the following roads are now open:

Old Sheridan Road

Moores Valley Road at Westside end at Oak Ridge

Stiller Mill Road

DeJong Road south of the Ballston Bridge (or ½ mile north of Polk County Line)

Gopher Valley Road at Smithville

North Valley Road at Calkins

The Community Winter Shelter will be open tonight at the McMinnville Covenant Church, 2155 N.W. Second Street in McMinnville, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., and again Wednesday night, Dec. 9, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.. Free bus rides to the shelter are available from the county transit shelter at 7:45 p.m., the Courthouse bus stop at 7:55 p.m. and the McMinnville Public Library drive-up at 8 p.m.

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A flood watch remains in effect for the area until 4 p.m. on Thursday, and a wind advisory until 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service warns that rain is likely through much of the day today, possibly between a quarter and a half inch, followed by heavy rain tonight, with possible rainfall amounts of one to two inches.

Many areas have already seen record rainfall amounts in the last few days, and temperatures are nearly 20 degrees above normal. McMinnville received1.69 inches of rainfall on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. That fell short, however, of the record 2.1 inches, set in 1896.

Despite the downpours this week, the area is still below average rainfall for the year, at 32.71 inches, compared to the usual 35 inches. Heavy rainfall over the next few days, however, could bring the numbers up in a hurry.

The Gaston School District has cancelled all after-school and evening activities for tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 8). Bus route 107 at B Street will drop off at C and 19th today.

The Wheatland Ferry has been closed because of high water.

Highway 99W at the Saint Joseph Overpass is open after being closed for much of the day Monday.

Highway 22 is closed Northwest of Grand Ronde, about 2.5 miles east of Dolph Junction in Yamhill County due to erosion beneath the road surface. A sinkhole has developed that reaches into both lanes of the highway. This will be a long-term closure as the road must be rebuilt. Local traffic can access points on either side of the closure, but through traffic must use Highway 18 as an alternate route.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is asking people to stay away from the coast because of danger from massive high waves and strong winds, including gusts of up to 70 miles per hour. The National Weather Service has warned of "extremely dangerous waves that could break on shore at 30 to 40 feet -- higher than a two-story building -- which could toss logs and debris on shore, erode beaches and cause higher than normal tides," the department noted.

"The sandy beach is the last place you want to be during these storms," said OPRD Safety Specialist Robert Smith. "When you visit the beach, respect the ocean and be aware of your surroundings." 

Visitors to state parks should check ahead of time at oregonstateparks.org for updates and closures.

Beach safety tips, videos and information on the dangers of sneaker waves, rolling logs and rip currents is available at www.oregonbeachsafety.org.

 

 

 

 

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