Community in Corvallis trapped behind flood water

"For the first few days, our entire property was water so our neighbors came down with kayaks and we were like 'yes we've been saved,'" said Gabriel Bradford.

Posted: Apr 13, 2019 10:18 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Forty houses are still trapped behind what appears to be a lake of floodwater on Terra Drive in Corvallis. 

Neighbors said this is the lowest the water has been all week. 

Residents with trucks and larger cars said they couldn't drive through it until the water level started to lower a couple days ago, but those with smaller vehicles say they don't want to risk it.

Gabriel Bradford lives on the lower end of the community and his family has been able to get access to the roads, but this is only after the floodwater receded.

"For the first few days, our entire property was water so our neighbors came down with kayaks and we were like 'yes we've been saved,'" said Bradford.

He said the water was so high, fish from the Willamette River were swimming in the flood waters.

He also said all the damage done to the property happened underneath the house and that their wells have been tainted. He said their neighbors have been a big help.

"Since the water in our house is not sanitary, they have let us use their washing machines and take showers," Bradford said.

He said someone won't come out to inspect the bacteria levels in their well until all their plumbing functions return to normal and they are able to run water for at least a few days.

He also said his mom carried out mail runs for UPS when the drivers wouldn't drive through the water.

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