From the log of Oregon Travel Experience Santiam Rest Area Supervisor Jason Nash, photos by Assistant Supervisor Nancy Rold
What a change from our mild winter we have been having in Oregon. It was January 21, as I sat in our OTE office watching as the Santiam River kept creeping up towards me and started wondering if we shouldn’t invest in a small fishing boat.
Nancy Rold, my assistant supervisor had gone home at noon because she was worried about being able to return home because many of the roads were being closed down.
I had already decided to close the access road connecting the northbound and southbound rest areas. When I left work I decided I better come back every couple of hours to check its status. When I returned at 6 p.m., I closed the northbound rest stop because the water was rising too quickly–it had already partially flooded the parking lot.
The southbound was okay but when I return a little while later it too was almost completely flooded. I closed it as quickly as I could.
It took the whole day Friday for the waters to recede, and when I returned Saturday morning, I informed Nancy that we would be reopening both sides.
We got to work and got it done! I am still wondering how to fit that boat into the budget as it continues to rain.