Oregonians get flood prep on first day of October

Clackamas County officials recommend flood insurance for residents

Some Oregonians are paying the price for driving around or even removing barricades in heavily flooded zones. (KOIN)
Some Oregonians are paying the price for driving around or even removing barricades in heavily flooded zones. (KOIN)

CLACKAMAS CO., Ore. (KOIN) — It’s officially October, and many people are taking steps to prepare for another year of record rainfall and possible floods.

Some Oregonians are paying the price for driving around or even removing barricades in heavily flooded zones. (KOIN)
A high water sign posted during an Oregon flood. (KOIN)

Clackamas County held a workshop Saturday to give locals useful information about flood warnings and protection systems.

“Flooding’s a problem,” Oregon City resident Karmen Hernandez said. “We’re at a dead-end street. We can’t leave the neighborhood, so we have to wait. Sometimes just a few hours but sometimes maybe 3 or 4 days.”

Resilience coordinator Jay Wilson told KOIN 6 News the county recommends flood insurance, even though it can sometimes be complicated and expensive.

“It’s probably the most basic thing people can look into,” Wilson said.

The Red Cross has many resources to help you prepare for the event of a serious flood. For a list of supplies that can help you during a natural disaster, click here.

Here are more basic safety tips in the event of a flood.