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.