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Damage assessment continues in Umatilla County; Reporting deadline approaches - support available - 02/12/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           

Key messages for Wednesday, Feb. 12:

  • Damage, business and agricultural loss reports are due by noon Thursday, Feb. 13. Details on filing reports below.
  • A Multi Agency Resource Center will be open at Pendleton Convention Center from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 to provide those impacted by the flood with face-to-face assistance on a number of topics including damage reporting, health, housing, clothing, insurance, pets and other services.
  • The Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 and 14, for people in the north county area to get assistance on damage reporting forms and connect to other resources.
  • Damage assessment continues with a focus on the Milton-Freewater/Walla Walla River area and Umatilla River-Bingham Road area. Teams are deployed to connect with people who may not have access to other resources and to do additional damage assessment in the area.
  • The American Red Cross overnight shelter in Pendleton is moving from the convention center to the Pendleton Armory tonight, Feb. 12.
  • Team Rubicon is deploying 40 volunteers for recovery efforts.

Additional information for Feb. 12:

Flood response operations have fully transitioned from search and rescue to recovery mode, focusing on damage assessment and cleanup. Additional support is rolling in.

Umatilla County needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood regarding three elements of losses. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resources needs of our communities. Some people affected by the flood may need to fill out multiple forms depending on the nature of their losses.

These reports include:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses.
  2. Business economic losses.
  3. Agriculture losses.

To find the forms and instructions for reporting damages, go to the Umatilla County website, scroll down to the flood link for access to all the documents: co.umatilla.or.us

Businesses and individuals who need assistance completing or submitting reports may reach out to the following locations during business hours:

  • Pendleton City Hall
  • Milton-Freewater Public Library
  • Umatilla Public Library
  • Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office
  • Umatilla County Courthouse
  • Umatilla County Milton-Freewater Extension Office
  • Echo City Hall
  • Weston City Hall

or call the Umatilla County Flood Information Line: 541-966-3671.

Umatilla County deputies, local search and rescue volunteers and members of the Oregon State Fire Marshalls office are performing boots-on-the-ground information gathering in areas where additional information is needed to fully understand the impacts of the flood. These teams are talking to residents about the flood impacts, connecting them to resources, advising on the need to complete damage report forms, and more. Teams are assigned to the following areas:

  • Along the Umatilla River – Bingham Road area (2 teams)
  • Milton-Freewater area on the Walla Walla River, up the north and south forks (2 teams)
  • In the Mill Creek area near the Oregon/Washington border

The American Red Cross has been instrumental in caring for folks impacted by the flood. (NOTE: the Pendleton shelter is moving to the Pendleton Armory tonight.) Here are numbers on assistance provided by the Red Cross:

  • Last night, a family of four was sheltered in Walla Walla at the fairgrounds.
  • 19 people were sheltered at the Pendleton Convention Center.
  • 250 people have registered for services.
  • Over 250 people have registered for services including clothing, food, housing, and more.
  • Red Cross, with support from the Salvation Army, is providing about 200 meals a day on average.

Team Rubicon has deployed over 40 volunteers. These volunteers are the veterans, former emergency responders and other volunteers who will be on the ground to assist with muck-out/clean-up, debris removal and much more.

Cash Donations: Cash donations are being accepted by three local community organizations

  • Umatilla County/Pendleton region: Community Action Plan of East Central Oregon (CAPECO). Donate through the website. 800-752-1139
  • Milton-Freewater: Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Donate through the website. 509-529-4371
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Send a check to: CTUIR (Attn: Accounts Receivable), 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801
  • County roads and highways: Many roads and highways remain closed. Use TripCheck.com for the most recent details.

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