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Storm raises risk of landslides in Columbia Rive Gorge

Wet weekend could bring slides in gorge

PORTLAND — The National Weather Service anticipates a strong, wet storm for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington tonight, which could mean landslide potential in the Columbia River Gorge.

Other higher-risk locations include the Coast Range, Willapa Hills and North Oregon Cascades.

Residents need to be alert to weather conditions throughout the weekendm, and caution should be used when traveling. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk.

According to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the most dangerous places include:

• canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil;

• bases of steep hillsides;

• road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened;

• places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them online at www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido/, http://bit.ly/1f0sDpc and http://bit.ly/1h3arHQ.

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