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Oregon State Penitentiary closes visiting, prepares for potential area flooding
News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: January 19th, 2012 10:53 AM
 
Oregon State Penitentiary closes visiting, prepares for potential area flooding
 
Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) closed inmate visiting and outside activities until further notice, Jan. 19, and set forth a plan to address potential flooding in the area adjacent to the institution.
 
"We met this morning at 7:30 a.m. to identify initial areas of concern and critical staff assignments," said OSP Superintendent Jeff Premo. "Revisiting lessons learned from the flood of 1996, we are focusing initially on removing vehicles from the institution’s visitor and staff parking areas, beginning sandbagging efforts at Oregon State Penitentiary Minimum (which is presently vacant), and making sure anything stored in subterranean locations is safe and dry."
 
Flooding of the institution itself is not expected based on historic information, but the institution has modified its operations in order to prepare for all possible scenarios. The institution will provide shuttle service to its staff members, who will now be asked to park at an offsite location.
 
No other Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) institutions have been affected by flooding at this time.
 
 
Contact Info: ODOC Public Affairs Administrator Jeanine Hohn at 503.931.6087, or ODOC Communications Manager Jennifer Black at 503.569.3318.