Coast Guard continues Pacific Northwest flooding response

ASTORIA, Ore. — The United States Coast Guard, in conjunction with other federal, state, and local agencies, is continuing its response efforts to the flooding in the Pacific Northwest.

Coast Guard helicopter rescue crews are currently conducting overflights of flood effected areas to assess damage and look for stranded citizens. In addition, Air Station Astoria is currently performing a patient transport from South Bend, Ore. to Portland. After the patient transfer, the helicopter rescue crew will transport blood from Legacy Hospital in Portland to Gray’s Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. Coast Guard helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and Astoria are also attempting to airlift approximately 20 people stranded due to landslides near Morton, Wash.

Emergency Operation Centers throughout Washington remain open in response to flooding, snow recovery, road closures and other storm-related events.

Many rivers across the state have crested but flooded roads and standing water remains a hazard. Do not drive through standing water or flooded areas as the underlying road may be eroded or the water may be deeper than it appears. Many flood-related deaths and injuries are caused by motorists attempting to cross through flood waters.

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