Two weeks after floods, some roads still closed
After heavy floods that closed and damaged several roads throughout Columbia County, one road in St. Helens is expected to remain closed for the next month.
Columbia County Roads Department crews say a portion of Gable Road, northwest of Highway 30 and St. Helens High School, will likely remain closed for the next month while crews repair parts of the asphalt damaged by flooding on Feb. 12.
"We are currently coordinating with the permitting agencies to make the needed repairs," Tristan Wood, assistant director of the county's Public Works Department, stated via email. "This crossing is a tributary to McNulty Creek which is an Essential Salmon Habitat, being an ESA stream requires some extra coordination before work can commence."
Wood said the county sought an "expedited emergency contract process" to get the road work done.
He warned that further coordination with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is needed, which could push the construction timeline out further.
Farther out in St. Helens, slides and shoulder erosions on Robinette and Smith roads are also still under repair.
In Scappoose's Dutch Canyon area, Otto Miller Road was closed when it was submerged under standing water on Feb. 12. The road is maintained by the county. Wood said public works crews have been working in the Dutch Canyon area since Feb. 14.
"They have repaired two slides on Dutch Canyon and a culvert washout on Otto Miller Road," Wood noted Friday, Feb. 22. "We estimate they should be working on Dutch Canyon for the rest of next week."
In Multnomah County, just outside Columbia County limits, Rocky Point Road remains closed due to a crack in the road, and will likely not reopen for at least a month, says Mike Pullen, a communications officer for Multnomah County.
"Our crews have cleared ditches around the crack to direct stormwater away from the area with slide risk," Pullen noted last week. "More rain and snow and runoff don't help."
Rocky Point remains closed between Highway 30 and Northwest Skyline Boulevard, near milepost 1.5. Repair crews will install a culvert uphill under the road, and repave a section of the road that's sinking, Pullen added.