Oregon City evacuations begin as landslide concerns grow

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — Officials monitoring landslide activity in a potentially hazardous area of Oregon City say conditions have worsened since last week’s flooding, and now residents of 2 local apartment complexes are being told to evacuate.

Berryhill Townhouses and Apartments at 13945 S Beavercreek Road have been deemed dangerous as a result of the slides and residents in units 20-29 will be required to evacuate by 5 p.m. Monday, according to Oregon City Police Dept.

Berryhill Townhouses and Apartments at 13945 S Beavercreek Road have been deemed dangerous as a result of the slides. (OCPD)
Berryhill Townhouses and Apartments at 13945 S Beavercreek Road have been deemed dangerous as a result of the slides. (OCPD)

Residents of Forest Edge Apartments at 14155 S Beavercreek Road are being recommended to relocate with friends or family as soon as possible.

City officials say it’s possible Forest Edge Apartments will be under a mandatory evacuation, but it’s unclear when that would happen.

While these buildings haven’t been deemed dangerous, conditions could change at any moment. Access to the lower sections of the apartment complex could be compromised if the earth continues to move.

“The timing is probably pretty bad, but I would rather have them be alive at Christmas and displaced than not with us any longer,” Oregon City Police Sgt. Justin Young said.

The Oregon City Commission held an emergency meeting Sunday night at city hall.

Local authorities are enacting an action plan to help residents evacuate. For more information on those resources, click here.

Anyone affected by the slide conditions is encouraged to register their contact information with the Clackamas County Emergency Notification System.

A temporary shelter is open at Oregon City High School beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. Pets are welcome.

The American Red Cross is also preparing to assist with an emergency shelter. They can be reached at 888.680.1455.

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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