Two Oregon highways were rocked by Mother Nature early Sunday. In Douglas County, a landslide blocked the North Umpqua Highway near Tokatee. In Coos County, a section of Powers Highway collapsed into the river.
Oregon Department of Transportation maintenance crews were also cleaning up debris from high water events along Oregon 42S and U.S. 101 in Coos County. Motorists continue to be advised to drive with caution and watch for debris along the highways.
ODOT crews were hoping to open a lane of the North Umpqua Highway, or Oregon 138E, at milepost 52, by about midday Sunday. That's where an estimated 400 yards of material was pushed into in the roadway due to a landslide.
Earlier, a 100-foot section of Oregon 542, also known as Powers Highway, collapsed into the South Fork Coquille River. Traffic controllers were guiding vehicles alternatively through the only traffic lane remaining, after the southbound side dropped about 35 feet.
Travelers in the area should check ODOT's web site for delay and closure information, at www.tripcheck.com.
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