Recent flooding in northeastern Oregon has compromised many roads, bridges and other infrastructure in Union, Umatilla and Wallowa counties, including those on public lands managed by Vale BLM.
The safety of the public and personnel is always the BLM’s top priority. Law enforcement and recreation personnel are working with many partners to safely access and assess roadways, bridges and recreation sites in areas known to have flooded.
At this time, the South Fork of the Walla Walla River Trailhead is inaccessible by vehicle. The Grande Ronde Stateline Access, which washed out last season, has sustained additional damage which may delay planned repairs.
Routes leading to other BLM sites, as well as the sites themselves, may also be damaged. Updates will be issued as more information becomes available.
Always know before you go. Members of the public are advised to look at road conditions on Oregon TripCheck and county emergency management websites or contact a local BLM or Forest Service office when planning to visit remote areas that may have flooded.
Avoid driving or walking through flooded areas and standing water. According to Ready.gov, which is managed by the Department of Homeland Security, as little as six inches of water can knock a person down and a foot of moving water can sweep a vehicle away.