Receding floodwaters reveal Oregon destruction
Thursday, January 19, 2012
TURNER, Ore. (AP) -- With floodwaters receding Friday, residents are taking stock of damage in soaked cities across the Willamette Valley. Officials warned that high water still posed a danger, along with powerful winds that could rip trees from saturated soil.
Gov. John Kitzhaber paid a visit to the hard-hit town Turner, where 100 homes were damaged or still underwater. By morning, much of the water had receded back into Mill Creek.
Dry streets belied a morning of terror barely 24 hours earlier, when Mayor Paul Thomas says emergency crews conducted 55 boat rescues as water filled streets, homes and businesses.
Kitzhaber praised rescue efforts and said the state would work with local and federal officials to try and get disaster funding to Turner and other communities hard-hit by flooding.