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With heavy rain returning, be alert for landslides across western Oregon - 02/08/17

With flood watches now in effect for most of western Oregon, be alert for landslides.

"As we've seen in the past few days, heavy rain can trigger landslides," says Ali Ryan Hansen, communications director for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "As the rain continues, so does the potential for landslides."

The National Weather Service in Portland issued a flood watch from this afternoon through late Friday night for the Portland metro area, the north and central Oregon Coast and Coast Range, lower Columbia, the Cascade foothills, and the central and south Willamette Valley. Flood watches are also in effect for many areas of southern and central Oregon and the southern Oregon Coast. Track all Oregon flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1EM7qNl

"Be aware that flood hazards are accompanied by landslide hazards," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. "Be extremely cautious, and avoid areas where landslides are more likely to occur."

DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO map helps identify areas that are susceptible to landslides, Burns says: www.oregongeology.org/slido.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Dangerous places can include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards

Be alert for landslides as flood watch expands to multiple Oregon counties - 02/07/17

With flood watches in effect for multiple areas of Oregon, be alert for landslides.

The National Weather Service has expanded an earlier flood watch to include areas of Douglas County, Lake County, Jackson County, Klamath County, the Siskiyou Mountains, and the south central and southern Oregon Cascades. Track current flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1EM7qNl

"With heavy rainfall in the forecast, landslides and debris flows are possible," says Ali Ryan Hansen, communications director for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Be aware of the potential hazard, and avoid areas where landslides are more likely to occur."

DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO map is a useful tool for identifying areas that are susceptible to landslides: www.oregongeology.org/slido

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Dangerous places can include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards

Be alert for landslides in southwest, south central Oregon - 02/07/17

With National Weather Service flood watches in effect for multiple areas of southern Oregon, be alert for landslides.

A flood watch is in effect from late tonight through Thursday afternoon for eastern Curry County and Josephine County, the Curry County Coast, and the south central Coast. In Klamath County, a flood watch is in effect for the Sprague River near Beatty from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Track flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1EM7qNl

"Heavy rain can trigger landslides and debris flows," says Ali Ryan Hansen, communications director for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Be aware of the potential hazard during this weather event, and avoid areas where landslides are more likely to occur."

DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO map is a useful tool for identifying areas that are susceptible to landslides, Hansen says. The map is online at: www.oregongeology.org/slido

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Dangerous places can include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards