TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Highway 101 and OR-6 reopened in Tillamook Monday morning after heavy weekend rainstorms flooded the area.
The town received between three and six inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials closed parts of Highway 101 and the OR-6 highway. Drivers needed to use the Wilson River Loop to get around town.
With all the traffic backups, residents said it took them close to two hours to get from one end of the small town to the other.
It's something folks in Tillamook say is common.
“It’s been flooded here almost every year,” said Tasha Aldrich, an employee at Tillamook's Shiloh Inn.
What's not common, Tillamook resident Nancy Richardson said, is how early this storm came in the season.
“It surprised me because it’s so early, I mean it’s October not November. In November, we usually get it around the holidays,” said Richardson.
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office confirms this is the earliest significant flooding on record.
On Monday, sounds of power washers filled the town as people worked to get rid of the muck and debris. Aldrich said the mud can be slippery, especially for drivers in the inn's parking lot.
“It was actually a little river, had a little fun in that and behind the Shiloh by the berm it was actually like a river moving,” Aldrich said.
As soon as the water receded, they got to work.
“Mainly we have been spraying parking lot down getting debris and gravel and harmful things out of the parking lot. So people don't have popped tires,” Aldrich said.