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Multiple landslides reported throughout the Columbia River Gorge after excessive rainfall

COURTESY PHOTO: ODOT - Crews are working to clear Interstate 84 after a debris slide Thursday morning, Jan. 6.Interstate 84 between Troutdale and Hood River was closed Thursday morning, Jan. 6, for an indefinite period of time after heavy rainfall in the Columbia River Gorge caused a number of debris slides.

A slide happened between mileposts 36 and 37, the Oregon Department of Transportation said, forcing the agency to shutter I-84 in both directions as they attempt to clear the debris. Complicating matters was a jackknifed truck and milepost 53 in the eastbound lanes.

Another slide closed the Historic Columbia River Highway east of Larch Mountain Road in Corbett.

Bull Run Road near Laughing Water Road in Clackamas County was also shuttered Thursday afternoon due to a landslide across the roadway.

With rainfall on the forecast, and more snow expected at higher elevations, officials expect more debris slides in the future. Signs of a slide include loud rumbling, streams and creeks that have grown larger with mud and debris, or mud flowing downhill. Move to higher ground if any of those things happen. Officials say to report any land movement or flooding that appears to be an emergency by calling 911.

Look at TripCheck.com before traveling to determine the best, and safest, route. Officials also recommend preparing for any delays by bringing a bag packed with supplies like water, food, a charged phone and other necessities that might be needed.


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