PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton City Manager Robb Corbett said he felt optimistic following a meeting in Salem about last week’s flood. The city asked the state of Oregon for help in two key areas: housing those displaced by the flood and repairing the levee system that flooded businesses on the west side of town.
“I estimate that there are as many as 400 employees that are going to be laid off until those businesses get up and running,” he said. “We still have a spring runoff coming, too.”
Corbett said that more than 200 houses cannot currently be occupied due to flood damage. More than 100 of those suffered significant damage.
“There are going to be a large number of families that need to have a place that they can call home for a significant period of time,” Corbett said.
In addition to Corbett, the meeting was attended by Mayor John Turner, Community Development Director Tim Simons, Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena), Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove), and Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner).