1 dead, 54 rescued from floods in Umatilla County

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UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. — A person was killed and 54 stranded people were rescued by helicopter since severe flooding in Umatilla County began last Thursday.

Janet Conley, 62, was found deceased on her property at the foothills of the Blue Mountains near Gibbon after being reported missing on Saturday.

Conley reportedly told authorities on Thursday that she wanted to stay at her home as waters were rising. Her body was found on her property near the Bar M Ranch area after she was apparently swept away by rushing water.

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On Monday, the Oregon Department of Transpiration said the Oregon Army National Guard used helicopters to rescue 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit stranded by the flood.

ODOT said there are no new flood threats and crews have switched from search and rescue operations to damage assessment.

One lane of  I-84 opened in both directions Sunday night between exits 182 and 188 after that stretch of the freeway closed Friday due to high water and road damage.

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Umatilla County crews will inspect and assess damage to Walla Walla River Road and Mill Creek Road.

OR 204, the Tollgate Highway, remains closed between milepost 26.7, Andes Prairie, and 37.4 at Summerville Road.

 

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