Deerhorn Road Reopens After Mudslide

mudslideSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A section of Deerhorn Road is open again after being closed for hours, blocked by a mudslide. The land gave way during overnight storms.

County crews were clearing the section after the mudslide early Tuesday morning knocked down 12 trees and blocked part of the street about half a mile from Highway 126. People who live nearby say they’re not surprised a mudslide happened

County officials say they were alerted at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday morning of the situation.

Nearby residents say slides have happened here before so, they’re not shocked but they say they didn’t expect it from Monday’s weather conditions.

“It didn’t seem like it was raining that hard but it’s pretty steep and the ground is pretty wet above the road way,” said Kathleen Stearns, a nearby resident.

“I was driving into town and couldn’t drive the way I usually do, so I turned around and went the other way and on the way back, thought that I just had to see what’s going on,” said another nearby resident, Mike Maher.

Officials say safety is their top priority, so they’re working carefully, but efficiently so residents can have road access.

County officials say this is the only mudslide they’ve heard of and they’re working to stabilize the ground by removing any extra weight and pressure.

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