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  • Mill City: FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Site Opens

    Mill City: FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Site Opens

    Date: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​FEMA has begun moving Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) onto a newly constructed site in Mill City that will provide temporary housing to qualified Oregon wildfire survivors and their families.

    Construction on the new Mill City site began earlier this month, with work completed ahead of schedule. The site is currently scheduled to house 13 manufactured housing units (MHUs) and can accommodate up to 16 MHUs, providing necessary temporary housing for the qualified residents of both Linn and Marion counties.

    As soon as all manufactured housing units (MHUs) are delivered and placed on site, each unit will be given a final inspection ensuring they are ready for occupancy, and families can be scheduled to be licensed into their temporary homes.

    To date, 85 families whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed by this year's wildfires have been licensed-in to temporary housing units from FEMA. These units are placed in established RV parks or in FEMA constructed group sites.

    In addition to Linn and Marion counties, FEMA's Direct Housing mission is establishing temporary housing for qualified disaster survivors in Jackson and Lincoln counties in sites like the one in Mill City. Housing units are chosen by FEMA based on the survivor family composition and needs, as well as to ensure that requirements for access or functional needs are met.

    Currently, 240 qualified families are scheduled to receive FEMA Direct Temporary Housing in the four counties. The current number of qualified families has fallen as many households that qualified for this assistance have located alternate temporary or permanent housing on their own.

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  • Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Upcoming Construction

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Upcoming Construction

    Date: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR – Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and construction is scheduled to begin this spring. The contractor's closure schedule will be released when it becomes available.

    During construction, Silverton Road will be closed to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The closure will start this spring and will end by Thanksgiving 2021. While Silverton Road is closed, two well-marked detour routes will be in place.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.                                     

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.  


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  • County expands mental health crisis services to serve Woodburn community

    County expands mental health crisis services to serve Woodburn community

    Date: 12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Woodburn, OR - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many community members find themselves struggling with mental health. In response, Marion County Health & Human Services, which has operated a crisis center in Salem for over 25 years, has expanded its mental health crisis services to the Woodburn community.

    Beginning today, December 1, 2020, crisis counselors will be on-site at the department’s Woodburn office seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Counselors can assist those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. No appointments are necessary to utilize the program; individuals may walk-in for service or call the Woodburn office at 503-981-5851.

    Cydney Nestor, Behavioral Health Division Director, said, “We are pleased to offer local, convenient mental health care to the Woodburn community. This area has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and these supportive services are needed now more than ever. Our hope is to provide a safe space for youth, families and adults of all ages to get the help and support they need.”

    Services will be offered in English and Spanish, with interpreter services available in other languages as needed. Individuals may receive services regardless of insurance, immigration status, or ability to pay. Marion County Health & Human Services’ Woodburn office is located at 976 N. Pacific Highway.

    More information about Marion County’s Behavioral Health Programs is available at: www.mchealthy.net.


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  • Remaining wildfire evacuation levels lifted in Marion County

    Remaining wildfire evacuation levels lifted in Marion County

    Date: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Effective at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is removing all remaining wildfire evacuation levels in Marion County following close consultation with fire management officials. There may be some roadways in the area that are closed for inspection and repairs. Up to date information on closures can be found by visiting tripcheck.com.

    As a reminder, the Oregon Department of Transportation released the following statement yesterday, October 13, 2020:

    "OR 22 in the Santiam Canyon will open to thru traffic beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. Sections of the highway have been closed to traffic or controlled with pilot cars since Sept. 7 when a wind storm and series of wildfires caused devastating damage to communities and creating a series of hazards for travelers.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation estimates that over 30,000 hazard trees have been removed along a 40-mile stretch of OR 22 that was heavily impacted by the winds and wildfires. Hazard trees are dead, dying or leaning trees that were damaged by the wildfires, and would likely come down on the highway posing a risk to travelers.

    Travelers should be aware of the following:

    The speed limit is reduced to 40 mph between Gates (milepost 33) and Pamelia Creek Road (milepost 63).

    Significant work continues in the canyon and travelers should expect delays throughout the burn area.

    Utility companies are working throughout the corridor to repair power lines. Utilities and ODOT continue to cut down hazard trees.

    In addition to the ongoing work zones, hazards to travelers include damaged guardrail, roadside log decks and slash piles from the hazard tree removal, as well as the potential for falling rocks.

    With fall and winter rains beginning, slides and debris flows are a particular concern, especially in areas where the vegetation, tree roots and underbrush have been stripped away.

    Since many businesses and other facilities were damaged or destroyed by the fires, there are limited services available throughout the Santiam Canyon.

    Fill your gas tank, pack enough water, food and other supplies for the journey.

    Travelers are urged to use extreme caution while traveling through the burn area. Add extra travel time or consider using an alternative route.

    Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones"

    The Willamette National Forest remains closed in certain areas (refer to map for specific areas of closure). All recreation sites INSIDE OF THE CLOSURE AREA remain closed as of September 25th, 2020 include the following:

    Middle Fork Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • Fall Creek Road and all adjacent sites

    McKenzie River Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • Road 19 between Hwy 126 and Road 1980

    • Terwilliger Hot Springs

    • French Pete Trailhead

    • Echo Boat Launch

    • Bruckart Boat Launch

    • Saddle Dam Boat Launch

    • O'Leary/Castle Rock Trailhead

    • Kings Castle Trailhead

    • Olallie North Trailhead

    • Lower section of the McKenzie River Trail (where it crosses Rd 2654 – Deer Creek Road to the southern terminus) and associated trailheads

    • Frissell Boat Launch

    • Paradise Boat Launch

    • Big Lake Road, Ray Benson Sno-Park, and portions of the Santiam Pass OHV Area

    • Pacific Crest Trail – Santiam Pass Trailhead

    • Pacific Crest Trail north of Highway 20

    Sweet Home Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • Hackleman Old Growth Trailhead

    • Santiam Wagon Road, from west from the junction with Rd 2672

    • Iron Mountain – Deer Creek Trailhead (Iron Mountain – Civil Road TH remains open)

    • House Rock Day Use Area

    • Gordon Lakes Trailheads (all three)

    Detroit Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • All recreation sites

    • All wilderness areas (Opal Creek and Mt. Jefferson)

    • All trails

    • Pacific Crest Trail north of Highway 20

    * All Marion County parks in the fire zone remain closed while crews continue to work on cleanup efforts.

    * Detroit Lake is open for recreation via Mongold State Park.

    For more information on Willamette National Forest Closure Areas please visit: USDA Willamette ALERTS


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  • FEMA application deadline has passed but help still available for Oregon wildfire survivors

    FEMA application deadline has passed but help still available for Oregon wildfire survivors

    Date: 11/30/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​SALEM, Ore. – The Nov. 30 deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance has passed, but help is still available for wildfire survivors as FEMA continues working with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

    Oregon homeowners and renters who applied for FEMA disaster assistance have the right to appeal FEMA's eligibility decisions. Survivors who don't agree with FEMA's eligibility decision may file an appeal within 60 days of receiving their letter, even though the application deadline has passed. To learn more about the appeals process, including what to include and how to file an appeal visit https://go.usa.gov/x77EB. Appeals must be made in writing explaining why the agency should re-evaluate its decision and sent to FEMA by mail, fax or uploading to your online FEMA account.

    Keep in touch with FEMA

    Applicants should stay in touch with FEMA to ensure the disaster assistance process stays on track. Missing or incorrect information could result in delays in receiving assistance. Update contact information, report additional home damage or a delay in insurance claims in the following ways:

    Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov

    Downloading the FEMA app

    Calling the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

    Those who use a Relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide their specific number assigned to that service. It is important that FEMA is able to contact you. Phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

    While the deadline to apply with FEMA has passed, late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    Buy Flood Insurance Now

    Oregonians who live in and around areas impacted by the wildfires face an increased risk of flooding for up to several years after the disaster. If you haven't already purchased a flood insurance policy, it's important to consider buying it now. It takes 30 days after applying for a new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance policy to go into effect. For more about information on FEMA's NFIP, visit FloodSmart.gov. If you are ready to buy flood insurance, go to FloodSmart.gov/flood-insurance/buy. To find a flood insurance provider near you, visit FloodSmart.gov/flood-insurance/providers. Twenty-five providers were listed for Oregon as of Nov. 25. Many have toll-free phone numbers. Before rebuilding, homeowners should contact their local building official and/or floodplain manager to make sure all building requirements are met.

    SBA Disaster Loans

    The Nov. 30 application deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan for home or business physical damage has also passed. In some circumstances, however, applications may be accepted after the deadline on a case-by-case basis. For more information, call 800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, email questions to FOCWAssistance@sba.gov or visit sba.gov/disaster. The application deadline for businesses and private nonprofit organizations for a loan for economic injury is June 15, 2021. Applicants can complete an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

    Free Home Repair Advice

    All Oregon residents – including disaster survivors affected by the wildfires and straight-line winds – can still get personalized mitigation advice from a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialist. For information on how to build safer and stronger or to inquire about your flood risk following a fire, email FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov and a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialist will respond. This is a free service.

    Free Crisis Counseling is Available

    Need to talk? The Safe+Strong Helpline is available for both children and adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other disaster-related depression-like symptoms. For help, call 800-923-4357 or visit safestrongoregon.org/mental-emotional-health.

    Disaster Legal Assistance

    Disaster Legal Services is taking questions from wildfire survivors. Go to: oregondisasterlegalservices.org, or call 800-452-7636 or 503-684-3763, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Disaster Case Management

    Community members who are enrolled in local/state/tribal and/or federal programs providing case management are encouraged to reach out to and stay in touch with their providers throughout their recovery.

    211info

    211info is a nonprofit organization funded by state and municipal contracts, foundations, United Ways, donations and community partners in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

    211info empowers Oregon and Southwest Washington communities by helping people identify, navigate and connect with the local resources they need. To speak with a community information specialist about resources in your area: call 211 or 866-698-6155; text your zip code to 898211; or email help@211info.org. Representatives are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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  • Jan
    22

    Mill City: FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Site Opens

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​FEMA has begun moving Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) onto a newly constructed site in Mill City that will provide temporary housing to qualified Oregon wildfire survivors and their families.

    Construction on the new Mill City site began earlier this month, with work completed ahead of schedule. The site is currently scheduled to house 13 manufactured housing units (MHUs) and can accommodate up to 16 MHUs, providing necessary temporary housing for the qualified residents of both Linn and Marion counties.

    As soon as all manufactured housing units (MHUs) are delivered and placed on site, each unit will be given a final inspection ensuring they are ready for occupancy, and families can be scheduled to be licensed into their temporary homes.

    To date, 85 families whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed by this year's wildfires have been licensed-in to temporary housing units from FEMA. These units are placed in established RV parks or in FEMA constructed group sites.

    In addition to Linn and Marion counties, FEMA's Direct Housing mission is establishing temporary housing for qualified disaster survivors in Jackson and Lincoln counties in sites like the one in Mill City. Housing units are chosen by FEMA based on the survivor family composition and needs, as well as to ensure that requirements for access or functional needs are met.

    Currently, 240 qualified families are scheduled to receive FEMA Direct Temporary Housing in the four counties. The current number of qualified families has fallen as many households that qualified for this assistance have located alternate temporary or permanent housing on their own.

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  • Jan
    21

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Upcoming Construction

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR – Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and construction is scheduled to begin this spring. The contractor's closure schedule will be released when it becomes available.

    During construction, Silverton Road will be closed to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The closure will start this spring and will end by Thanksgiving 2021. While Silverton Road is closed, two well-marked detour routes will be in place.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.                                     

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.  


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    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Upcoming Construction
  • Jan
    15

    Notice of Virtual Open House / Public Meeting

    Posted by: Public Works

    Hollywood Drive: Silverton Road to Greenfield Lane
    Roadway, Bike and Pedestrian Improvements 

    Date: January 15, 2021 through February 8, 2021

    Location: Web-based due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please visit: 

    https://tinyurl.com/hollywoodOH

    Subject:
    Hollywood Drive NE Urban Improvements Project

    Marion County has received a Federal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) grant to make improvements on Hollywood Drive NE, from Silverton Road NE to 700 feet south of Greenfield Lane NE. Work will include widening both shoulders and constructing sidewalks on both sides of the road to accommodate bike lanes and pedestrian traffic. Approximately 800 linear feet of the project area is located within the City of Salem, which allows the project to connect to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The project will construct a new signalized intersection at Silverton Road and Hollywood Drive, including a left-turn refuge from Hollywood Drive northbound to Silverton Road westbound.

    The existing roadway is generally narrow with no bike lanes and only isolated segments of existing sidewalk. This segment of Hollywood Drive is an important connection between a major arterial, McKay High School, parks and residential neighborhoods in northeast Salem. Within the project limits, Hollywood Drive has a high traffic volume along with a high volume of bicyclists and pedestrians. It serves an area that is densely developed with both single-family and multi-family housing.

    Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2022 and be completed in the spring of 2023.

    Marion County Public Works will host a Virtual Open House to provide preliminary project information and collect comments and questions regarding the upcoming project.

    Topics will include:

    • Project Milestones and Schedule
    • Preliminary Design Plans
    • Right-of-Way Impacts

     We look forward to hearing from each of you. If you are unable to use the web site, but have questions about the project, please contact Mark Foster, at 503-373-4307 or email mafoster@co.marion.or.us.

     If you require special accommodations, please contact Jill Ogden at 503-588-5036.

     Usted puede solicitar esta nota en otro idioma, solicitar un traductor, u otras

    acomodaciones contactando a Maggie Vazquez, o Alan Pennington, al 503-588-5036 lo mínimo de dos días de trabajo antes de la reunión.


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  • Jan
    13

    Oregon wildfire recovery debris removal begin with hazard trees

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​Crews around the state are beginning to clear roads and private properties of trees damaged in September’s wildfires. The tree clearing is part of the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Debris Management Task Force’s effort to provide cleanup for homes and businesses in the eight affected counties – Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion. The work paves the way for rebuilding efforts, community recovery and helps revitalize Oregon’s economy.

    Before crews begin clearing hazard trees from private property, they will clear remaining logs and debris from roadsides. Drivers in fire-affected areas should keep an eye out for crews and be prepared to stop.

    State contractors are marking trees for removal with blue dot and a barcode tracking tag. Many other entities, including utilities and private companies, continue with their own tree removal operations and have their own markings.

    On private property, dead or dying trees will be removed if they pose a threat to the safety of cleanup crew or public right of ways. Ash and structural debris removal will soon follow, including concrete and other household and construction materials, from private homes and businesses. A list of what is included in cleanup is available.

    Home and business owners must sign an All Wildfire Debris Right of Entry Form with their county to allow cleanup crews onto their property. Visit https://wildfire.oregon.gov/ or call 503-934-1700 to submit your form and for more information. Even those who did not join in Step 1 of the cleanup may still opt into the program.

    Participating property owners also need to complete a questionnaire about their property, to help with planning and ensure an efficient, safe removal of debris.

    The contractors
    As the task force’s contract manager, the Oregon Department of Transportation is awarding three types of contracts for Step 2: hazard tree removal, debris and ash removal, and monitoring.

    Given the large geographic area and volume of work, ODOT elected to award the hazard tree, and ash and debris removal contracts over multiple operational areas and not as a single statewide contract.

    Monitoring (1 contract)

    CDR Maguire Emergency Management

    • Based in Florida

    • Contract: $75.5 million

    • Awarded Nov. 19, 2020

    Hazard Tree Removal (3 contracts)

    Ceres Environmental Disaster Recovery

    • Based in Florida

    • Contracts awarded Nov. 25, 2020 Archie Creek Fire, OR 138, $25.78 million Thielson Fire, OR 138, $2.07 million Two Four Two Fire, U.S. 97, $1.91 million

    ECC

    • Based in California

    • Contracts awarded: Nov. 30, 2020 Beachie Creek / Lionshead Fire, OR 22, $17.18 million Riverside Fire, OR 224, $71.63 million

    Suulutaaq Inc.

    • Based in Alaska, with an operations office in Eugene

    • Contract awarded Nov. 30, 2020 Holiday Farm Fire, OR 126, $22.94 million

    Ash and debris removal contracts have been awarded and that work also begins later this month. 

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  • Dec
    1

    County expands mental health crisis services to serve Woodburn community

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Woodburn, OR - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many community members find themselves struggling with mental health. In response, Marion County Health & Human Services, which has operated a crisis center in Salem for over 25 years, has expanded its mental health crisis services to the Woodburn community.

    Beginning today, December 1, 2020, crisis counselors will be on-site at the department’s Woodburn office seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Counselors can assist those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. No appointments are necessary to utilize the program; individuals may walk-in for service or call the Woodburn office at 503-981-5851.

    Cydney Nestor, Behavioral Health Division Director, said, “We are pleased to offer local, convenient mental health care to the Woodburn community. This area has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and these supportive services are needed now more than ever. Our hope is to provide a safe space for youth, families and adults of all ages to get the help and support they need.”

    Services will be offered in English and Spanish, with interpreter services available in other languages as needed. Individuals may receive services regardless of insurance, immigration status, or ability to pay. Marion County Health & Human Services’ Woodburn office is located at 976 N. Pacific Highway.

    More information about Marion County’s Behavioral Health Programs is available at: www.mchealthy.net.


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  • Nov
    30

    FEMA application deadline has passed but help still available for Oregon wildfire survivors

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    ​SALEM, Ore. – The Nov. 30 deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance has passed, but help is still available for wildfire survivors as FEMA continues working with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

    Oregon homeowners and renters who applied for FEMA disaster assistance have the right to appeal FEMA's eligibility decisions. Survivors who don't agree with FEMA's eligibility decision may file an appeal within 60 days of receiving their letter, even though the application deadline has passed. To learn more about the appeals process, including what to include and how to file an appeal visit https://go.usa.gov/x77EB. Appeals must be made in writing explaining why the agency should re-evaluate its decision and sent to FEMA by mail, fax or uploading to your online FEMA account.

    Keep in touch with FEMA

    Applicants should stay in touch with FEMA to ensure the disaster assistance process stays on track. Missing or incorrect information could result in delays in receiving assistance. Update contact information, report additional home damage or a delay in insurance claims in the following ways:

    Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov

    Downloading the FEMA app

    Calling the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

    Those who use a Relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide their specific number assigned to that service. It is important that FEMA is able to contact you. Phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

    While the deadline to apply with FEMA has passed, late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    Buy Flood Insurance Now

    Oregonians who live in and around areas impacted by the wildfires face an increased risk of flooding for up to several years after the disaster. If you haven't already purchased a flood insurance policy, it's important to consider buying it now. It takes 30 days after applying for a new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance policy to go into effect. For more about information on FEMA's NFIP, visit FloodSmart.gov. If you are ready to buy flood insurance, go to FloodSmart.gov/flood-insurance/buy. To find a flood insurance provider near you, visit FloodSmart.gov/flood-insurance/providers. Twenty-five providers were listed for Oregon as of Nov. 25. Many have toll-free phone numbers. Before rebuilding, homeowners should contact their local building official and/or floodplain manager to make sure all building requirements are met.

    SBA Disaster Loans

    The Nov. 30 application deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan for home or business physical damage has also passed. In some circumstances, however, applications may be accepted after the deadline on a case-by-case basis. For more information, call 800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, email questions to FOCWAssistance@sba.gov or visit sba.gov/disaster. The application deadline for businesses and private nonprofit organizations for a loan for economic injury is June 15, 2021. Applicants can complete an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

    Free Home Repair Advice

    All Oregon residents – including disaster survivors affected by the wildfires and straight-line winds – can still get personalized mitigation advice from a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialist. For information on how to build safer and stronger or to inquire about your flood risk following a fire, email FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov and a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialist will respond. This is a free service.

    Free Crisis Counseling is Available

    Need to talk? The Safe+Strong Helpline is available for both children and adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other disaster-related depression-like symptoms. For help, call 800-923-4357 or visit safestrongoregon.org/mental-emotional-health.

    Disaster Legal Assistance

    Disaster Legal Services is taking questions from wildfire survivors. Go to: oregondisasterlegalservices.org, or call 800-452-7636 or 503-684-3763, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Disaster Case Management

    Community members who are enrolled in local/state/tribal and/or federal programs providing case management are encouraged to reach out to and stay in touch with their providers throughout their recovery.

    211info

    211info is a nonprofit organization funded by state and municipal contracts, foundations, United Ways, donations and community partners in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

    211info empowers Oregon and Southwest Washington communities by helping people identify, navigate and connect with the local resources they need. To speak with a community information specialist about resources in your area: call 211 or 866-698-6155; text your zip code to 898211; or email help@211info.org. Representatives are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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  • Oct
    14

    Remaining wildfire evacuation levels lifted in Marion County

    Posted by: Fire Information - English

    Effective at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is removing all remaining wildfire evacuation levels in Marion County following close consultation with fire management officials. There may be some roadways in the area that are closed for inspection and repairs. Up to date information on closures can be found by visiting tripcheck.com.

    As a reminder, the Oregon Department of Transportation released the following statement yesterday, October 13, 2020:

    "OR 22 in the Santiam Canyon will open to thru traffic beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. Sections of the highway have been closed to traffic or controlled with pilot cars since Sept. 7 when a wind storm and series of wildfires caused devastating damage to communities and creating a series of hazards for travelers.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation estimates that over 30,000 hazard trees have been removed along a 40-mile stretch of OR 22 that was heavily impacted by the winds and wildfires. Hazard trees are dead, dying or leaning trees that were damaged by the wildfires, and would likely come down on the highway posing a risk to travelers.

    Travelers should be aware of the following:

    The speed limit is reduced to 40 mph between Gates (milepost 33) and Pamelia Creek Road (milepost 63).

    Significant work continues in the canyon and travelers should expect delays throughout the burn area.

    Utility companies are working throughout the corridor to repair power lines. Utilities and ODOT continue to cut down hazard trees.

    In addition to the ongoing work zones, hazards to travelers include damaged guardrail, roadside log decks and slash piles from the hazard tree removal, as well as the potential for falling rocks.

    With fall and winter rains beginning, slides and debris flows are a particular concern, especially in areas where the vegetation, tree roots and underbrush have been stripped away.

    Since many businesses and other facilities were damaged or destroyed by the fires, there are limited services available throughout the Santiam Canyon.

    Fill your gas tank, pack enough water, food and other supplies for the journey.

    Travelers are urged to use extreme caution while traveling through the burn area. Add extra travel time or consider using an alternative route.

    Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones"

    The Willamette National Forest remains closed in certain areas (refer to map for specific areas of closure). All recreation sites INSIDE OF THE CLOSURE AREA remain closed as of September 25th, 2020 include the following:

    Middle Fork Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • Fall Creek Road and all adjacent sites

    McKenzie River Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • Road 19 between Hwy 126 and Road 1980

    • Terwilliger Hot Springs

    • French Pete Trailhead

    • Echo Boat Launch

    • Bruckart Boat Launch

    • Saddle Dam Boat Launch

    • O'Leary/Castle Rock Trailhead

    • Kings Castle Trailhead

    • Olallie North Trailhead

    • Lower section of the McKenzie River Trail (where it crosses Rd 2654 – Deer Creek Road to the southern terminus) and associated trailheads

    • Frissell Boat Launch

    • Paradise Boat Launch

    • Big Lake Road, Ray Benson Sno-Park, and portions of the Santiam Pass OHV Area

    • Pacific Crest Trail – Santiam Pass Trailhead

    • Pacific Crest Trail north of Highway 20

    Sweet Home Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • Hackleman Old Growth Trailhead

    • Santiam Wagon Road, from west from the junction with Rd 2672

    • Iron Mountain – Deer Creek Trailhead (Iron Mountain – Civil Road TH remains open)

    • House Rock Day Use Area

    • Gordon Lakes Trailheads (all three)

    Detroit Ranger District

    • All campgrounds

    • All recreation sites

    • All wilderness areas (Opal Creek and Mt. Jefferson)

    • All trails

    • Pacific Crest Trail north of Highway 20

    * All Marion County parks in the fire zone remain closed while crews continue to work on cleanup efforts.

    * Detroit Lake is open for recreation via Mongold State Park.

    For more information on Willamette National Forest Closure Areas please visit: USDA Willamette ALERTS


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  • Jun
    23

    County works to finalize contract with local hotel for isolation rooms

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​Marion County Health & Human Services is working to finalize a contract with a local hotel in the Woodburn area to provide an isolated, short-term location for Marion County residents with a possible exposure or a confirmed case of COVID-19 with mild symptoms, to self-isolate when they cannot otherwise do so safely. The contract is a requirement under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s phased reopening framework, and is intended to ensure the county is prepared to protect residents and prevent the spread of the virus as the state moves forward with reopening.

    The hotel, an 81-room facility in the Woodburn-area, was selected because it will allow guests to safely distance themselves from others while also providing access to an on-site public health nurse to provide wellness checks and monitor symptoms. The hotel has been secured to house people unable to safely isolate, including farm workers and those who are under the supervision of Marion County Parole and Probation. The typical term of stay will be 14 days to isolate and quarantine, depending on the time frame of when the individual developed symptoms or was exposed to the virus. To start, the county anticipates that 10-15 individuals will be housed in the hotel.

    The safety and security of the community are a top priority for the county. Each guest will sign a Standards of Conduct Agreement, outlining acceptable behaviors and expectations while in isolation. Security will be at the hotel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests will not leave the facility during the isolation period and Marion County staff will tend to the needs of the individuals, including food and wellness checks.

    Marion County’s Public Health Director, Katrina Rothenberger, stated, “This is a required resource for many people in our community who do not have other means to protect friends, coworkers, or loved ones from COVID-19 if they have a confirmed case or have been exposed. The hotel will allow us to slow the spread of COVID-19 by giving those with no place else to go a place to safely isolate.”

    Before individuals leave the hotel, their symptoms will have been monitored for a minimum of three days by the on-site public health nurse, and transportation will be coordinated to return the individual to their community upon leaving the hotel. The county Health and Human Services Department will begin managing the facility on July 1, 2020.


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  • Jun
    17

    Phase 2 Reopening of Marion County to Begin on June 19

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved Marion County to enter Phase 2 of its reopening roadmap. Starting June 19, many additional types of businesses and activities will be allowed to resume or expand operations. Commissioner Kevin Cameron said that, “This important milestone comes at a critical time of need as families struggle with unemployment, businesses work hard to recover, and farmers begin their harvests. We’re thrilled to enter Phase 2 and get public life in Marion County moving again.”

    In Phase 2, swimming pools, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and arcades can reopen. Bars and restaurants will be able to expand hours of operation to stay open until midnight. Social, civic, and faith-based gatherings can meet in larger groups. Some recreational sports can resume, including training activities within college athletic programs. Importantly, Phase 2 retains several physical distancing and sanitation measures for businesses and other activities to help limit the spread of the coronavirus as people become more active in the community.

    Marion County’s roadmap for reopening was developed in collaboration with county health experts, other local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, “We’re proud to see that our county has successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19 to the point where we can confidently move into Phase 2. Today’s success is a testament to the hard work and resiliency of the people of Marion County.”

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering from chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines. All businesses, organizations, and activities that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are available by specific sector and type of activity. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all individuals and are required for employees in many businesses.

    Guidance for businesses and other information is available on the county’s website: COVID-19.MCHealthy.net.




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  • Jun
    17

    Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Marion County

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Public health officials are warning area residents to take precautions after a rabid bat was found in the Stayton area of Marion County, Oregon. 

    A dog with a current rabies vaccine owned by a resident of the Stayton area was bitten by a bat on June 12, 2020.  The bat was sent to Oregon State University for testing. Results confirmed the bat was positive for rabies. Based on the positive test, Marion County Public Health recommended the dog be quarantined for 45 days and given another rabies vaccine. 

    According to the Oregon Health Authority, bats are the most common carriers of rabies in this 
    state. About 8-10% of bats tested for rabies are positive every year. So far in 2020, 3 bats have tested positive for rabies in Oregon. 

    Authorities emphasize the main protection for humans is to make sure pets are vaccinated and avoid contact with stray animals and wildlife. Public health officials advise taking extreme precautions before attempting to handle a bat. If it is necessary to pick up a bat, it is best to wear heavy gloves, use a shovel, or both. 

    The public should not approach bats, wildlife, or other mammals seen exhibiting odd behavior. Sick bats may be seen flopping around on the ground or otherwise acting unusual. If you find a sick bat or other sick wildlife on your property, take children and pets indoors. If you do have an exposure (e.g., scratch or bite) from a bat, immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention. If the bat has been captured, do not crush the bat or throw it away, as intact bats can be tested for rabies, which can help avoid post-exposure rabies shots. If your pet has encountered a bat or been bitten by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately or call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 866-968-2600. 

    In the event of bat contact such as a bite or scratch, an attempt should be made to safely capture the bat for testing for the rabies virus. Efforts should be made to collect the bat without destroying the head and the bat should be kept in a cool place. Immediately seek medical attention and report the incident to Marion County at 503-588-5346. 

    For more information about rabies, please visit the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division website at: 
    https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/RABIES/Pages/rabies.aspx

    Information is also available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at:  https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html  


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  • Jun
    11

    Phase 2 Reopening Deferred Another Week

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determined that Marion County was not approved to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, June 12. In her letter to the county, Governor Brown noted that it failed to meet two of the six criteria laid out in her guidelines for Phase 2 reopening. The county’s application will be reassessed in one week based off of data gathered in the next seven day period. 

    In response to Governor Brown’s decision, Commission Chair Colm Willis shared, “We are disappointed in the governor’s decision. The County has worked diligently with our Public Health team to ensure we are prepared for a safe Phase 2 reopening. We will continue this work and are hopeful that our application will be approved as soon as possible.” 


    Marion County’s roadmap for reopening was developed in collaboration with county health experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners. The county will continue to evaluate the data as it is available and looks forward to entering Phase 2 as soon as possible. County Commissioner Kevin Cameron said, “Of course we want to see the number of cases falling steadily, but that is an unrealistic expectation. As more businesses reopen and people are doing more activities outside their homes, some occasional increases are anticipated. With the increase in testing throughout the county, we can also expect to see an uptick in known cases. We are also working closely with farms and food processing facilities to prevent outbreaks in facilities where physical distancing is often a challenge.” 

    As the county looks toward Phase 2 of reopening, the health and safety of all Marion County residents is top of mind. This decision comes at a critical time of need as families struggle with unemployment, businesses work hard to recover, and farmers begin their harvests. County Commissioner Sam Brentano stated “I don’t agree with the decision and I think it’s time we explore all our options. “ 

    Marion County remains committed to working with the Governor’s office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners to enter Phase 2 of reopening once state officials give their approval. 


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  • May
    20

    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22

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    ​On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved the Community Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County starting Friday, May 22.

    The approved plan represents a collaboration with state and county health experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "We are proud of what our communities and public health teams have accomplished to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we have all worked together to protect public health, we have also seen businesses closed and livelihoods destroyed. Our plan encourages businesses, churches, and other organizations to move forward in a limited capacity while continuing to protect the health of our community."

    Phase 1 of the approved community roadmap allows reopening of several types of businesses and services, while keeping sanitation, physical distancing, face covering, and crowd size measures in place. Eventually, phases 2 and 3 of the plan allow for increased gathering sizes and resumption of non-essential travel, nursing home and hospital visits, and additional seating at restaurants, bars, and other venues. The county is required to remain in Phase 1 for at least 21 days, and advancement to phases 2 and 3 will be allowed only if public health monitoring indicates it is safe.

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. All businesses and organizations that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are described in detail sector by sector. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines.

    In recognition that additional restrictions and guidelines may be needed as circumstances evolve, we remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners to monitor progress and refine the roadmap as needed.


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    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22
  • May
    14

    Marion County Reopening to Begin Later than Proposed

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determined that Marion County's application for a limited reopening must be deferred to a later date. While many counties across Oregon will begin reopening on May 15, others, including Marion and Polk counties, will not yet reopen. Our application will be reviewed by the state again next Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, statewide and in Marion County, some stand-alone "Main Street" retail businesses, such as furniture stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, and boutiques, can reopen on May 15 if they agree to follow safety guidelines. Additionally, childcare, summer school, camps, and youth programs can reopen with specific limitations and guidelines. We also want our community to know that all county parks and boat ramps will be open for day use beginning May 15 (playgrounds will remain closed).

    In response to Governor Brown's decision, Commission Chair Colm Willis shared, "My heart goes out to all of the people who have been affected by this virus, including all of the family-owned businesses and their employees who have not had a paycheck for more than two months. We will continue to do everything we can to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community and get the people of Marion County back to work as soon as possible."

    We remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners. We are reviewing the information provided by the Governor's Office and are considering all of our options in moving forward toward timely reopening.


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  • May
    6

    Commissioners Adopt Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County Beginning on May 15

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    During its regular weekly board session on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for beginning to reopen businesses, restaurants, churches, and county parks. Phase 1 of the community roadmap for reopening will begin on May 15. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "Many people in Marion County are suffering right now. This plan ensures first and foremost, the safety of the people of Marion County and fairness for our families and small businesses."  

    Working closely with our county Health and Human Services experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners, the roadmap is based on the Governor's guidelines for reopening counties across the state. Commissioner Willis adds, "In our case, the roadmap is tailored to fit the specific needs of our communities. We have worked hard with state and regional partners to prepare a thoughtful, balanced approach to supporting a safe, strong, and thriving Marion County."

    In Phase 1, the roadmap proposes reopening several types of businesses and services, keeping in place sanitation protocols and specific limits on physical distancing, face coverings, and crowd size until public health monitoring shows it is safe to move to later phases. Hospital visits will remain prohibited at this time, as will night clubs and most large venues.

    Monitoring community health and safety is very important as the limited, phased reopening gets underway. Marion County Public Health Director Katrina Rothenberger is leading efforts to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and observes that, "Local hospitals have ample capacity today and much more so than a few weeks ago when the virus first arrived in Oregon." She goes on to add, "As businesses and other sectors begin to reopen, we will closely track new cases of the virus and will take immediate action if we see an unacceptable increase in new cases and hospitalizations." Meanwhile, the roadmap has very specific details about what types of preventive measures are required for each type of business, venue, and activity.

    Marion County is committed to working with the Governor's office, local healthcare providers, and other community partners to update and refine the roadmap as needed.



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  • Dec
    20

    Construction project will bring improvements to 45th Avenue

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM OR – Marion County has contracted Carter & Company to begin construction on 45th Avenue beginning January 13, 2020. The project will be constructed in several stages and is estimated to be completed in 2021.

    The project will widen the road to accommodate bike lanes, add a turn lane at Fire Protection Way, construct missing sidewalk sections and ramps, and upgrade the stormwater system.  Once construction is complete, the road will receive an asphalt overlay from Ward Drive to Silverton Road.

    The road will remain open with flaggers directing traffic through the work area. Motorists should expect short delays and are advised to use alternate routes.  When traveling through the work area, please remain alert, follow flagger instructions and be considerate of pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers.

    For additional information, contact Tina Powell, Office Specialist, or Shane Ottosen Jr, Project Engineer, at 503-588-5036

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