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Photos of Slide Blocking Highway 26 east of Sandy
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Photograph links valid for 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
ODOT personnel were on scene Friday morning assessing the large slide blocking all lanes of Highway 26 about eight miles east of Sandy near milepost 34. The mud slide and debris is now estimated to be up to 2 feet deep and over 200 yards in width. Approximately 300 feet of guardrail was damaged on the east end as mud, trees and debris flowed across from the south side of the highway.
On January 1, 2009 at approximately 10:24 p.m. reports were received of the mud slide that came from the south side of Highway 26 between milepost 34 and 35. Two vehicles were reported to be on the east end of the slide area. The vehicles have been removed and no injuries were reported.
ODOT has established a detour which will probably be in place for a couple days. Travelers need to pay attention for the signs posted prior to Sandy and at the east end of the town advising of the closure and detour.
The detour will use Ten Eyck Road on the east end of Sandy, Marmot Road and Sleepy Hollow Road in the Brightwood area. Motorists traveling between the Portland area to central Oregon may also consider using Interstate 84 to Highway 197 or Highway 97.
Traffic update information will be posted on ODOT's website at www.TripCheck.com.