LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Level 3 evacuation notices have been issued in some areas of Lane County due to flooding.
Those living in the Row River 100-year floodplain and Coast Fork of the Willamette River 100-year floodplain should leave immediately.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Lane County Emergency Management said they have been monitoring river levels due to the recent heavy rains.
Lane County Emergency Management said they were notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that water is being released from Dorena Reservoir at historic rates to avoid reservoir overflow, and the releases have already begun.
They said the rates of flow being released from Dorena will be higher than recorded in the 1996 flood.
The sheriff's office said residents who live within the Row River floodplain should leave and seek higher ground. Residents who feel unsafe due to rising waters near their home should take necessary action to protect themselves.
They said the release of water from the Dorena Reservoir will have the most immediate impact on those in the Row River floodplain. There will be a delayed impact on the Coast Fork of the Willamette River floodplain. Those who reside in this area are also being placed on a Level 3 evacuation notice.
Level 3 Evacuation means that danger to your area is current or imminent. The sheriff's office said if you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. They said residents should not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect their homes.
The Red Cross Cascades Region has opened a shelter in Cottage Grove for those affected by possible flooding.
"I didn't know if we were going to make it or not," said Rebecca Karr, an evacuee in Cottage Grove. "I got to community sharing. I got some stuff from them. He disappeared. I looked for him...somebody brought me down here, and that's how I got here."
Red Cross officials told KEZI 40 people spent the night at the Cottage Grove shelter Sunday night.
The shelter is located at the Cottage Grove Community Center, 700 E. Gibbs Avenue.
Individuals and families affected and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to show up at the shelter for help.
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