50 People Are Being Rescued From Flooding in Oregon

Campers at a recreational vehicle park in Oregon were being airlifted after floodwaters covered the only bridge in and out of the area.,


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The Coast Guard was rescuing 50 people who were stranded in a recreational vehicle park near the Oregon coast after rising creek waters flooded the area on Friday.

The only bridge in and out of the Neskowin Creek recreational vehicle park along Highway 101, the main north-south route along the Pacific Northwest, was flooded after the creek overflowed following record-breaking rain, Gordon McCraw, the emergency manager for Tillamook County, said.

Those being rescued were all adults and no medical help was needed so far, according to the Coast Guard, which deployed two helicopters and a rescue swimmer to help the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.

Those rescued were being taken to a school about 50 miles south of Portland, Ore. The rescue was continuing but the Coast Guard said it had successfully evacuated 12 people and two dogs.

Most of Oregon and southern Washington State have had prolonged rain since Thursday evening, with Oregon’s coast getting an “abnormal” amount, Colby Newman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said on Friday.

The areas between the coastal communities of Lincoln City and Pacific City, Ore., have had five to 10 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. The region usually gets at most three to four inches during a heavy rain, Mr. Newman said. This has made the region’s creeks and rivers rise rapidly along the steep coast.

“We have pretty hilly terrain, so water doesn’t get easily soaked in,” Mr. Newman said, adding that the ground was saturated after a rainy fall.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for most of Washington and the Oregon coast into Sunday, although the rain will be moving to the south and give flooded areas some respite, Mr. Newman said.

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