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Photographs from Clatskanie Area Flooding
Oregon State Police Sergeant Larry Lucas forwarded the photographs showing the developing conditions in the Clatskanie area of Columbia County.
Photo #1: Swedetown Village and Highway 30 - Clatskanie Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Clatskanie Fire personnel evacuated mobile home park. http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/010809.clatskanieflooding1.JPG
Photo #2: Highway 30 eastbound at Lost Creek near milepost 54 - High water, 2' - 3' covers eastbound lane.  http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/010809.clatskanieflooding2.JPG
Photo #3: Clatskanie River in Clatskanie - Inches below spilling into the downtown area. Water still rising, high tide influence at approximately noon.
Questions regarding the situation in Clatskanie should be directed to their city officials.
ODOT and OSP encourages motorists who are planning a trip on state highways during and after such heavy rains to visit www.TripCheck.com to check their route before leaving. Be prepared for delays by making sure vehicles are fully fueled, and carry extra supplies. Be aware of the potential for hydroplaning with water on the roadway. More winter driving tips are available on ODOT's Web site.
Questions regarding highway closures should be directed to ODOT.