In the last installment, we discussed evacuating in the event things go very wrong and your home is no longer a safe place. Just recently several families had to evacuate out of Mapleton and the Mohawk area in Eugene because of flood conditions. In our own county, residents of Allegany were both isolated and evacuated. Remember we are all only a major weather event away from being an evacuee.
Several people locally were stranded in their homes by high water for up to four days or more, (including one of my employees). Many were without power, thus underscoring what I’ve been saying all along, “Get A Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.” When you stay informed, you know when the creek is rising, when the wind is going to blow and how to prepare. For those of us who have been around a while, we know which roads are going to flood and how to navigate around the problem areas. Ranchers know when to get their livestock to high ground and schools know when to send the kids home. Early pioneers learned their lessons the hard way. The first settlers built their new town in the flat below what is now Myrtle Point. After being flooded out three years in a row they decided to abandon the flood plain and build on the point of land above the river. There must have been a stand of Myrtle trees nearby, because the new city eventually came to be called Myrtle Point.