Draining a Deluge


January 5, 2022

Scott Swanson

Streets crew leader Brian Womack checks out flooding near the corner of 7th Avenue and Ironwood.

The Christmas snow may mostly be gone, but the mid-Willamette Valley wasn't yet finished with its early-winter outburst over the weekend, bringing Oregon's usual downpours in droves, plus a helping of gusty winds. City Public Works staffers spent Monday morning troubleshooting drainage problems in the Avenues.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Monday, which was expected to remain in effect until early Tuesday afternoon.

A declared flood warning Sunday covered the cities of Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home among others throughout the state.

Winds resulted i...

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