Thursday, December 06, 2007

Oregon National Guard ~ Rescues Flood Victims

The coastal town of Vernonia, Oregon was hard hit by heavy rains Dec. 2 and 3.

Winds over 100 mph cause destruction in Seaside, Oregon.

Highway 101 (the Coast Highway) in Tillamook, Oregon

I-5 in Washington - closed to flood waters stopping the north-south traffic.
The I-5 is the highway that runs from Mexico to Canada.
Chehalis, Washington - WalMart parking lot

December 2 & 3, the Pacific Northwesst was hit hard with a torrential downpour and high winds. The Northern coastal area of Oregon had over 10" of rain and winds over 100 mph. There are still 10's of thousands of people without power and many who are waiting for the water to recede and to start to clean up. Many roads and highways were and are closed due to downed trees and power lines. Flooding was extreme.

The Oregon National Guard came to the rescue.

**In the small town of Vernonia, the 125th Special Tactics Squadron and the 141st Support Battalion deployed four zodiac boats and rescued several hundred people.

**The Camp Rilea Training site opened to provide shelter to area residents. There are 1,100 beds available and they have emergency generation systems.

**Truck transport of Red Cross relief supplies, personnel and rescue equipment.

**Provided MRE's to displaced persons and persons without power.

**Provided 2 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for air rescue in Washington state.

**Transported veterinarians to rescue livestock.

**Provided drinkable water.

Once again, the Oregon National Guard comes to rescue and protect the people of Oregon. They are amazing and we are so grateful for all that they do for us. Thank you, ONG!!!!


De'on Miller said...

Oh wow! Yes, thank you ONG and I hope your entire state thanks you!!!! And I'm so glad your BIGGEST CHEERLEADER out there is OK!

Ron Simpson said...

and what a horrible time of year to have a flood. I bet it is cold up there.

Buck Pennington said...

Didja know I spent about 18 months on the Oregon coast (Coos Bay/North Bend Air Force Station), Cynthia? I've been watching these reports with more than a little interest, since I still have friends up Corvallis way. Doesn't look like the inland Oregonians got it as bad as the coastal folk... But it was pretty bad, all over.