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Unread 01-19-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: PNW
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Question Albany/Corvallis flooding..

Anyone living in Corvallis or Albany (or nearby) have any first hand information on how bad the flooding is? Does this type of flooding happen frequently in that area?

That area was on my list for possible places to move.. but now not so sure.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Anyone living in Corvallis or Albany (or nearby) have any first hand information on how bad the flooding is? Does this type of flooding happen frequently in that area?

That area was on my list for possible places to move.. but now not so sure.
All of the mid-valley cities are hit hard. The last one like this was 1996 but this one is looking worse. We have rivers. We flood. If it worries you then I'd steer clear of the flood plains, but in Salem we are having sewer issues being at capacity and water is backing up through the water mains.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: PNW
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All of the mid-valley cities are hit hard. The last one like this was 1996 but this one is looking worse. We have rivers. We flood. If it worries you then I'd steer clear of the flood plains, but in Salem we are having sewer issues being at capacity and water is backing up through the water mains.
I'm sorry to hear they were hit so hard. It's always heartbreaking to see and hear of people losing their homes and worse even, their lives.

It could only change my mind if it happens often. But thank you for the advice and the information.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Portland
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The neighborhood that got flooded by mill creek in Salem was in a 500 year flood plain (no floods in 500 years) and no one had flood insurance, so you never know.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Northeast of California's elbow. Lol
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I am very sorry to hear of this too. I enjoyed visiting and met so many wonderful people in those areas. I hate to hear of their hardship. My prayers include them.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I used to work with a planner who told people God didn't draw the flood plain maps, FEMA did. The law doesn't make you get flood insurance outside the 100 year flood plain, but it might be a good idea. The scope of the flood plain changes rapidly, thanks to people who haul in truckloads of fill to raise their yards above flood level. The water has to go somewhere, usually into the yards of people upstream.

Placing fill in a flood plain technically requires a permit and engineering studies to make sure it won't flood someone else, but that's not well enforced. In the middle of the summer nobody is thinking about floods, and once the fill is growing a lawn, it's hard to tell that it wasn't a natural ground contour.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Anyone living in Corvallis or Albany (or nearby) have any first hand information on how bad the flooding is? Does this type of flooding happen frequently in that area?

That area was on my list for possible places to move.. but now not so sure.
If you watch TV news, you probably get the impression the entire state is under water!

In reality, most streets/homes are not under water, just a few. And these are in a "flood plain". The people living there knew this when they bought their homes.

There are flood plain maps. Just look at those maps prior to buying here. A local city planning department would have that information and actually would prefer that people do not move into those areas.

Anyway I can drive for 30 miles in all directions around me and not see any flooding! (I am in a higher area.)

And so far as TV news goes, same with earthquakes and California. You would get the impression the entire state is a pile of rubble! Not so. Actually you would need to drive around in a earthquake damaged area for quite some time to find anything which was damaged! Everything looks normal in most places...
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Unread 01-20-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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The neighborhood that got flooded by mill creek in Salem was in a 500 year flood plain (no floods in 500 years) and no one had flood insurance, so you never know.
First of all, being in a 500 year flood plain doesn't mean that there haven't been floods in 500 years. It just means that a house has a statistical probability of flooding at .002% each year. A 100 year flood plain means that a house has a 1% chance of flooding every year.

As for the neighborhood around Mill Creek. It is in the designated AE flood plain by FEMA as well as the city of Salem flood overlay zone. The city of Salem's flood overlay zone is larger than FEMA's. I have sold quite a few homes in Richmond and a good chunk is in the flood plain.

The river flooding isn't the problem for some houses though. Its that the drains can't handle the flow and are backing up. That is what is causing flooding in non-flood plains. If the city mains could handle the flow, we'd have a lot less flooding in Salem. Those are the people in trouble as they don't have flood insurance and regular insurance doesn't cover surface water damage like this.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: The greatest state of them all, Oregon.
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I'm a newbie to the area, but have heard many stories about the rain. What I have NEVER heard about, though, is the little coastal town of Waldport getting annually buried by sand. I've heard about the wind on the coast, but never the sand. WOW...just WOW!!!

Storm buries homes: 'Worst I have seen it with the sand' | Local & Regional News for Eugene, Springfield Oregon | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13
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Unread 01-20-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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I'm a newbie to the area, but have heard many stories about the rain. What I have NEVER heard about, though, is the little coastal town of Waldport getting annually buried by sand. I've heard about the wind on the coast, but never the sand. WOW...just WOW!!!
That happens when you build on Sand Dunes or right on the beach.

I'm surprised that spit of land the makes Siletz Bay near Lincoln City is still there. It didn't exist at all until the mid-70's, and well into the 80's it was a place to watch the waves break over the sand.
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