Landslides close Clackamas County Roads: Clackamas River Drive and SE Gilbertson Road Closed

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Update: Dec. 21, 2020

SE Gilbertson Road is now open following a landslide. Clackamas River Dr. remains closed due to a landslide between OR 213 and Springwater Road. Telford Road near Boring between Rugg Road and Sunshine Valley Road remains closed due to high water.

Clackamas River Drive and SE Gilbertson Road Closed

Landslides have closed two Clackamas County Roads. The following roads are closed until further notice.

  • Clackamas River Driver is closed between OR 213 and Springwater Road
  • Southeast Gilbertson Road in Sandy

Road crews and engineers are currently assessing the landslides and determining repair and cleanup plans.

Given the heavy rains, landslides and debris flows are expected. Here are some safety guidelines for such conditions.

Clackamas River Dr.

Clackamas River Drive landslide

SE Gilbertson Road

SE Gilbertson Road Landslide

Listen and watch for rushing water, mud, unusual sounds and movement

  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris.
  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as the landslide nears.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, k-rails, boulders or trees move.

During a landslide or debris flow

  • Heed all warnings and evacuation notices.
  • Never cross a road with water or mud flowing.
  • Never cross a bridge if you see a flow approaching; it can grow faster and larger too quickly for you to escape.
  • If you do get stuck in the path of a landslide, move uphill as quickly as possible.
  • Avoid river valleys and low-lying areas during times of danger.
  • If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow or for water that changes from clear to muddy. These can be signs that a landslide or debris flow is coming.

After a landslide or debris flow

  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding. Floods sometimes follow landslides and debris flows because they may both be started by the same conditions.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Allow trained professionals to check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage.