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2-13 Afternoon Flood Update

This news release is from the Umatilla County Emergency Flood Center:

Umatilla County Flooding Event Updates – Thursday, February 13, 2020

Damage assessment and clean-up continued today in Umatilla County in response to the flooding experienced in the area since February 6. Additional resources have been made available for residents to assist in the clean-up process.  Below is updated resources and information for residents.

Structural Losses and Damage Self Reporting – Form still available for submission by residents
Umatilla County still needs critical information from residents and businesses impacted by the flood who have not already reported their losses and damage. To date, 387 structures have been reported as damaged in some way through the self-reporting system. These reports will be used by the county to document the financial impacts and resource needs of our community. Some may need to fill out multiple forms, which are available in both English and Spanish, depending on the nature of losses:

  1. Damage to structures and property from homeowners, renters and businesses
  2. Business economic losses
  3. Agricultural losses

Forms are available online at www.umatillacounty.net.

Multi Agency Resource Center
Is open today until 8 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center located at 1601 Westgate. Those impacted by the flood will have face-to-face assistance on damage reporting and access to information about health, clothing, insurance, pets, among other related services. Those interested in volunteering to help with clean up can visit the Red Cross booth at this event for more information.

Umatilla County Extension Office in Milton-Freewater/Walla Walla River Area
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow (Friday, February 14) for north county residents to receive assistance on damage reporting and connect to various resources.

Resources for After-Flood Clean-Up

  • Hotline Established – A hotline has been established through February 28, to help connect residents to reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris clean-up and muck-out services. Response times will vary due to overwhelming need, so please be patient. Please call 844-965-1386 for information.
  • Clean-up Safety – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued information to ensure the safety of our residents as clean-up efforts begin. Link to information at https://deqblog.com/2020/02/13/tips-for-safely-managing-debris-from-flood-damaged-buildings/.
  • Take photos of your damage before clean-up begins for insurance purposes.
  • Permitting Required – Umatilla County urges property owners impacted by recent flooding to be aware that permits are required prior to replacing or making repairs to damaged structures. There are certain permitting requirements for homes located within a flood plain. Learn if your home is in a flood plain at www.msc.fema.gov.
  • Dumpsters Available
    Umatilla County has placed dumpsters for cleaning up flood waste in various locations throughout community. These dumpsters are ONLY for people affected by recent flooding. As dumpster locations are added, they will be posted at www.umatillacounty.net for convenience.

Information will continue to be updated at www.umatillacounty.net.

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