Disasters & Accidents

Flickr.com's Paul Bence

Starting Monday, December 12th, Deschutes County residents can text – rather than dial – 911 to call in emergencies.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains. 

Lane County Public Information.

Earlier this week we mentioned that part of the big creek road near Florence was shut down due to a landslide.  Lane County officials now report that the affected stretch between Highway 101 and Upper North Fork Road has been cleared for motorists.

Oregon.gov

Travelers near Florence are advised that part of Big Creek Road has been hit by a landslide.

Flickr.com's Ian Britton

This holiday weekend’s festivities also mean more traffic, and traffic hazards. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Three dams in the Willamette Valley are being checked out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s part of an ongoing program to ensure their safety and stability.  

OPB

With the possibility of a high-magnitude Cascadia earthquake, people across Oregon are giving more thought to disaster preparedness. But if you live on the coast, another natural threat looms – tsunamis.

Michael Sullivan, The News-Review

Train track conditions – including possible issues related to heavy rains – caused a five-car derailment last week in Dillard, says a spokesman with Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad. 

Flickr.com's Matt Hecht.

More storm activity is going to hit the Pacific Northwest this weekend.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s expected to be stronger than Thursday’s gusts and rain.

Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue (Allison Johnson, photo)

A tornado hit the coastal town of Manzanita this morning.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, clean-up has begun ahead of a second predicted wave of gusts and rain during the weekend.  

Oregon leaders know there’s a one in three chance of a massive earthquake and tsunami over the next 50 years.

Those are high odds. And they’re the reason why some people are frustrated Oregon State University plans to build a $50 million dollar research center smack in the middle of the tsunami zone.

In Newport’s harbor, moored next to all the fishing boats, lies the Newport Belle.

It’s an old stern-wheeler that’s been turned into a bed and breakfast by owner, Michael Wilkinson.

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