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Oregon Governor Declares State Of Emergency Due To Snow

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency for all of Oregon as communities around the state struggle with heavy snow and potential flooding.
Kevin Mooney
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Northwest News Network
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency for all of Oregon as communities around the state struggle with heavy snow and potential flooding.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency for all of Oregon. It comes as communities around the state struggle with heavy snow and potential flooding.

In Malheur County, county leaders say more than 130 buildings have suffered roof damage due to the weight of the snow. Some grocery stores and government buildings closed due to concerns over potential roof collapse.

In Crook County, local officials are calling on state aid to reach stranded people in the isolated community of Juniper Acres.

"Because of the length of time that the roadways have been shut down, it's starting to have some folks in peril,” said state Rep. Mike McLane, who represents the area.

McLane is in Salem this week for meetings. He said he lives about 30 miles north of Juniper Acres and his wife told him they had more than three feet of snow piled up outside their house.

The Governor's declaration directs the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to send state resources to communities needing help. Even in places where the flakes have stopped falling, officials worry that all that snow could lead to flooding in the weeks ahead.

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Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.