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Articles on flooding in Tillamook County

Storms in 2015 dumped enough rain that Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency. Families living on hillsides above the Tillamook River watched in horror as the roads they lived on began to buckle and sink and slide. A barn shifted on its foundation. A driveway started to move. “It just seemed crazy when the land dropped a few inches, Morgan Kottre said. “But it became terrifying when it was 3 feet.”

 

Government assistance wasn’t an option on the private land; insurance wouldn’t cover the “act of God.” So residents banded together.

 

Kottre and 50 of her neighbors stacked sandbags, built a gravel road, helped pull valuable items out of houses. Community resilience is thematic throughout Tillamook flood stories. Lifelong residents and newcomers come together over events like this, supporting one another in a land regularly altered by water.

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