Weekend storm brings floods to Tillamook, closing two highways into town
Strong weekend storms brought several inches of rain to the northern Oregon coastline, causing flooding in the town of Tillamook.
The town got between three and six inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. The nearby Wilson, Nehalem and Trask rivers flooded.
ODOT closed down parts of Highway 101 and the OR-6 highway. Drivers needed to use the Wilson River Loop to get around town.
With all the traffic backups, residents told KATU News it took them close to two hours to get from one end of the small town to the other.
"Even then it was stop-and-go," said Joshua Brislin, who lives in Tillamook.
A part of OR-6 near his home always floods, he said.
"It covering a car last year. A little (car) was trying to go through and it was gone," he said.
Residents are used to flooding. Amanda Crabtree said she expects it to flood again.
"Flooding is kind of a normal thing," she said.
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office posted photos on Facebook to show the damage. The office said the water was deep enough they could use a boat to get around town.
Hours after the storm had past Sunday night, parts of the town were still under a few inches of water.
ODOT said Sunday night crews didn't have an estimate of when Hwy 101 or OR-6 would re-open, but expected them to open back up sometime Monday morning.