Town of Vernonia ‘moderately’ flooded

All access in and out of Vernonia was cut off

People are using canoes to get around in Vernonia, Dec. 9, 2015 (KOIN)
People are using canoes to get around in Vernonia, Dec. 9, 2015 (KOIN)

VERNONIA, Ore. (KOIN) — All access in and out of Vernonia was cut off for several hours Wednesday morning because of multiple landslides, a bridge failure and flooding.

Highway 47 is closed in both directions at the bridge on Timber Ave. To the north of town, Highway 47 re-opened around 10:00 a.m. between Vernonia and Clatskanie. Drivers are told to expect debris on the road. Highway 202 and the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway remain closed.

There is no estimated time on when the remaining roadways will re-open.

There is moderate flooding in several parts of the town.

Bridge Avenue has closed in downtown near the football field at Washington Avenue because of at least a foot of standing water.

A longtime resident of Vernonia told KOIN 6 News that, although moderate, the flood level is still about 4 feet below what it was during the 1996/1997 flood.

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