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Heavy rainfall causes major flooding along Oregon coast

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TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Multiple areas along the Oregon coast are experiencing serious flooding after several storms over the past two days brought 15 inches of rain.

Emergency teams said several communities in Tillamook County are isolated because of the amount of rain they received.

Downtown Tillamook was cut off from the north side of town where the slough was running across Main Street.

Water was so deep, many weren't able to cross the bridge to get to work Wednesday morning.

"It's nuts. Just trying to get out of my neighborhood was bad," said Adam Goldsborough.

Officials said the Nehalem River crested at 23 feet Wednesday morning, the fourth worst recorded levels of the river in its history. Emergency management also said the Wilson River crested at 20 feet, the highest it’s ever been since 2006.

According to emergency officials, any water level over 12 feet is considered flooding.  

An RV park that sits right on the banks of the Wilson River was right in the path of destruction.

"We had to move. We moved our trailer at 9 last night, got to bed at 10. I'm guessing this is going to be the second or third worst flood here over the years. A lot of people are comparing it to '96," said Vicki Tarpley.

Officials said there have been several landslides and multiple roads have been closed.

The big question on everyone's mind now, will another storm mixed with a high tide keep the town working on flood damage clean up and prevention.

"We're supposed to get more rain the next couple of days, so I don't know what we're going to do but for now it looks like we're going to close the next couple of days," said Goldsborough. 

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