Heavy rains expected with coming storm means landslide danger

Landslide danger map produced by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Yellow indicates a 'moderate' risk, orange indicates a 'high' risk, and red indicates a 'very high' risk of a landslide.

With the 'atmospheric river' storm system moving in Monday evening into Tuesday morning, the landslide danger ramps up with the downpours.

Oregon's Department of Transportation will be closely watching historic trouble spots, including Highway 26 near the Vista Ridge Tunnel, Highway 30 near the St. Johns Bridge, and Highway 99E near Oregon city.

A landslide hazard map, produce by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, really illustrates the risk.

ODOT and the group 'Trailkeepers of Oregon' are also keeping an eye trails in the Columbia River Gorge, where the Eagle Creek fire's burn scar is a prime spot for slides.

"When I heard there is a big weather event, I go, 'okay, this is going to be interesting," says Steve Kruger, Trailkeepers of Oregon's executive director. "i'll be very eager with our volunteer crew leaders to get out to these trails to check and see what's changed."

When driving through landslide prone areas, stay alert.

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