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Flooding in dry regions


Mr. Bill:
Northeastern Oregon got hit by some pretty high water levels over the past few days.  For those of you who don't know, this is sagebrush and tumbleweed country.

KONA, 2/8/20: Search and Rescue efforts continue in Umatilla, Walla Walla Counties

--- Quote ---On Friday, rescuers evacuated 26 people from their homes in Umatilla County due to rising flood waters threatening homes. ...

Deputies and National Guard personnel are going through the area encouraging residents to leave, and warning that if they stay, emergency services may not be available to help them further. Anyone who chooses to stay is being encouraged to make sure they have sufficient food and water to survive “for several weeks.”

“We were able to get the majority of the residents out of the area before the water flows really compromised the ability to get in and out,” said Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts. “The last few residents that we evacuated, we used a front-end loader and put them in the bucket.”

Deputies will spend much of the day Saturday checking on residents near the South Fork of the Umatilla, with the help of the National Guard, which has also been providing air support in the rescue effort. ...
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Interstate 84 was closed by floods, and a portion near Hermiston OR remains closed today.  There was flooding in downtown Pendleton OR and other nearby towns.  At least one small bridge washed away.

So I'm bringing this up in the Homesteading board just as an example of something to watch for when you're choosing a homestead site.  These floods are in areas that get between 8"-20" of annual precipitation.  The problem is uphill (the Blue Mtns, in this case).  A typical scenario is that a mountain area gets a bunch of snow, followed by warm windy weather with a bunch of rain, and a whole lot of water starts coming down the hill in a big hurry.


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