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Woman rescued from Portland home worries about damage once she returns

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Meghan Saunders hasn’t been able to go home since the December 7 storm and she’s worried about what she’ll find when she’s finally able to return.

A tree knocked down her private bridge over Saltzman Creek, stranding Saunders, her mother and their pets in their home off NW Saltzman Road until Portland firefighters rescued them that evening.

Saunders has another concern.

Water is running across her property, over her yard and close to her house.

Water marks on the house make Saunders worry water got inside her home.

“I used to have a grass lawn. A normal beautiful cute little cottage,” she said. “People love this house. It looks like trash right now. It’s all messed up.”

She says the creek path has never gone across her property since she moved into the home 15 years ago.

Saunders believes the problem cropped up because the tree, bridge and other debris created a dam in front of her house and she thinks it allowed the creek path to change.

A Portland Parks and Recreation assessment determined the stream naturally created the side channel during the heavy rain and found it lies in the stream’s floodplain, according to spokesman Mark Ross.

Ross said city crews removed the tree, bridge and other debris blocking the creek, then looked upstream for other potential blockages or issues that could be causing problems with the creek.

None were found, he said.

“We will indeed continue to communicate with the property owner and evaluate new info as relevant,” he wrote. “We certainly sympathize with the homeowner’s plight.”

Saunders is at a loss for what to do next.

“It is absolutely devastating to have your home sitting there being destroyed and just nobody can help me,” she said.

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