(Photo courtesy of KGW.com)
Firefighters and land owners are working around the clock near the town of Westport in Clatsop County, as rising water from rain fall and mountain runoff threatens power to 42 homes.
Rich Guest and Chris Martin own property near McLean Hill Road. They say a culvert is either faulty or clogged, and water is backing up into the property. They tell our news partner KGW that at one point, the rising water was within a foot of the power boxes.
Guest and Martin attempted to pump the water out themselves, but found they couldn’t get ahead of it.
“We finally had to call the fire department, as them to come help,” Martin told KGW. “If the water got up any higher, the county was going to have the power shut off to everybody up on the hill.”
Fire officials say they’re also concerned about the water washing out the road.
“If that water comes over the road and we lose control of it or it washes out the road, then we have no emergency response to anybody above (McLean Hill Road),” Fire Chief Keith Walling told KGW.
Walling said Clatsop County works crews are expected to work on the culvert Monday morning.