Forecasters expect Tuesday to be sunny throughout the mid-valley, with highs around 51. But rain is expected later Tuesday night and Wednesday, with lows Tuesday in the mid-30s and highs Wednesday in the mid-40s.
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Though water has been draining almost as fast as it’s been accumulating in the mid-valley, steady rain in the past week has affected people in areas more prone to flooding — like Cindy Kent, who was ferried out of her Corvallis area property in an inflatable raft on Monday.
Kent had been cooped up in her mobile home since Thursday as rain began pooling on the long driveway leading to her house along a horseshoe bend in the Willamette River, northeast of Corvallis.
Flooding on the property off of Strawberry Lane is pretty common, said Kent, 57, and normally she stays home until the water drains off the driveway or someone in a bigger rig — like a tractor — can get her out.
But flooding was higher than usual — and her 79-year-old mother, Frankie Kent, didn’t feel comfortable allowing her daughter to wait another day. She lives about a quarter-mile down the road from her daughter on a portion of the property that doesn’t flood as easily.
“I called 911 because we couldn’t get her out,” Frankie Kent said. “I was worried about her, and I said she’s coming out because mama bear said.“
A crew from the Corvallis Fire Department crew was dispatched to 2485 N.E. Strawberry Lane at 10:58 a.m.
The emergency responder vehicles — an incident command vehicle and a large truck — could drive through a short section of the flooded road but the water was too deep to continue through the whole stretch.
With the use of an inflatable raft, the crew shuttled Cindy Kent, her bags and her two dogs through a 30-foot wide pool of water that Kent estimated was about chest deep.
“I was completely cut off so that nothing could come through except a boat like that,” she said. “They put a life jacket on me and off we went. They did a wonderful job — they were very nice and very safety conscious.“
Kent, who has lived on that part of her family’s property since 1986, said she has never asked for help from emergency crews in getting out of her house, not even in the winter of 1996, when the water was so high it seeped through the heater vents of her mobile home.
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