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Fire, Preventative, Uncategorized

No one likes to think about the possibility of fire, flood, storm damage, or theft. But should such a disaster occur, you’d need to provide your insurance company with a detailed list of your belongings in order to be reimbursed for lost or damaged items. Without a home inventory prepared in advance, that list would need to be pieced together from memory. In the stressful aftermath of a disaster, could you count on your memory to recall what items have been lost and what they were worth? If not, you’ll likely get less compensation than you deserve. Now’s the time to compile that essential inventory so you can start the year with a greater sense of security that your personal property will be protected. Here, answer to all your questions about a home inventory—and helpful pointers on how to get it done.

Do You Really Need a Home Inventory?

It’s fairly easy to remember large items, such as big screen TVs and the grandfather’s clock in your living room, but could you name every necklace in your jewelry box without looking? If you had to list all your valuables after a natural disaster or property crime, it’s likely you wouldn’t remember all of them. And once you accept reimbursement from your insurance company, you can’t make additional claims. In addition to helping you file a claim that truly reflects the value of your property, a home inventory can be instrumental in obtaining more insurance coverage. If you collect original art, for instance, the value of your collection may well exceed your policy’s coverage limit for personal belongings. In that case, your home inventory can serve as evidence of the value of your collection, and you’ll be able to purchase a rider to your policy that specifically covers the art at a higher reimbursement value.

What Should a Home Inventory Include?

Just because your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policy lists a maximum coverage amount for personal belongings, that doesn’t mean you’ll receive that amount after a loss. The reimbursement you receive depends on your ability to prove what items you owned, so in addition to a list of appliances, electronics, jewelry, and other valuables, you should briefly describe each individual item, including identifying the model and/or serial numbers as well as estimated value. To establish value, the inventory should include the original receipt or a copy. (If you file original receipts with your income tax papers, a copy should be kept with your home inventory.) Finally, a photo of each item should be included with the inventory as well

When Should You Compile an Inventory?

January is the ideal time to create or update your home inventory. The excitement of the holidays will be over yet you can still easily locate receipts from big-ticket purchases—many of which are made between Black Friday and Christmas. Get in the habit of addressing your home inventory needs every year at this time, and you’ll be protected in the event disaster strikes.

What Format Options Are Available?

The traditional method of creating a home inventory is to make a list of all your belongings on paper, supplementing it with photos, videos, valuations, and receipts. Because you’ll need access to the information in the event that your belongings are destroyed or stolen, if you choose to go this route, it’s wisest to store the inventory documents outside your home in a safety deposit box. A fireproof, waterproof home safe might keep the inventory intact through a natural disaster, but if the lockbox is stolen you’d be out of luck. Today’s technology offers another format for a home inventory that may be simpler to compile and safer to store. Mobile apps such as Sortly, which may be available for both iOS and Android devices, let you record each item’s photo, serial number, and purchase date, as well as add a description and a picture of the receipt. Best of all, your home inventory can be stored in a Cloud-based file, such as Dropbox. In addition to general home inventory apps, you may be able to use an insurer-specific app, depending on the company you’re insured with. Apps are available from major insurers, such as American Family and Allstate. Check with your insurance agent to see if they have a free home inventory app you can download

What’s the Best Way to Take Inventory?

The rule to remember when making a home inventory is: If it’s in your house, it has value. To make your home inventory, go room by room and detail all the belongings therein. If you’re including a paper copy, consider using a home inventory form, such as this one from Allstate. Your insurer can also provide a free form on request.

  • Start on one side of a room and systematically work your way around until you’ve documented every item in the room.
  • You need not document perishable food items and short-term supplies, such as pencils, paper, rubber bands, and other items that are used up quickly.
  • You need not document perishable food items and short-term supplies, such as pencils, paper, rubber bands, and other items that are used up quickly.
  • Photograph each wall in every room for item location purposes.
  • Take multiple photos of expensive items, such as computers, and when possible, get close-up shots of model numbers and serial numbers.
  • Open drawers and closets and document their contents.
  • Take close-up photos of receipts, or keep them with your inventory.
  • When a receipt isn’t available, document the year the item was purchased and its original cost.
  • Pace yourself so you don’t get overwhelmed. Allow one or more weekends to get through it all.

When Should a Home Inventory Be Updated?

Hold onto receipts from all major purchases you make throughout the year and update your home inventory annually, preferably around the first of the new year. Updating includes taking new room photos if you’ve moved items, in addition to recording new purchases and gifts. If the estimated value of your home inventory exceeds the maximum amount your insurance policy allows, contact your insurer and have your policy updated to reflect the additional value.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/home-inventory/


Custom Home Building, Design, Uncategorized

When you have a small home, it is important that you find enough space to store all of your things. Many families have so many things that they can’t find space for everything and end up with a lot of clutter. This is why we have put together some tips on how you can increase the storage space in your home. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more

Make Use Of Any Space

Our first tip for those who want to increase the storage space in their home is to make use of any possible space. Many people have hallways that are empty, places behind larger pieces of furniture, and spaces below their stairs that they could be using for storage space. You should think about rearranging your home to see if you can find any extra space and make your home a lot less cluttered looking.Making storage efficient underneath your bed is a great place to start.

Build An Outdoor Storage Space

If you fancy a bit of DIY, then why not try building your own outdoor storage space? You can purchase steel building kits which are really easy to order, and you will be able to assemble your own steel building in no time at all. You can then use this building to store whatever you want and maybe even turn it into a new room to make your home feel bigger. Try adding a steel building to your property if you want and efficient way to increase your home’s storage space.

Use The Walls

When it comes to finding that extra bit of storage space in your home, you need to look up and try to use your walls. You might find that you have a lot of storage solutions that sit on your floor, but do you have any shelves? Shelves can look great in many different rooms and can come in really handy when it comes to finding space to put things. Always think about hanging things on your walls in your kitchen or bedroom if you want to be able to fit a lot more in these areas where quick-and-easy access is more important.

Our final tip for those who want to increase the storage space in their home is to invest in some multipurpose furniture. If you have a spare room that you don’t use all of the time, then why not swap the bed out for a sofa bed or day bed?This means that you can use this room as an extra bedroom and living space depending on what your current needs are. You should also think about getting a bed with some storage space underneath it or other multipurpose furniture for items like shoes.


On behalf of SPECTRUM BUILDING & RESTORATION, we want to take this time to appreciate all of our Veterans, past and present who have selflessly sacrificed themselves for this great nation of ours. “Today we celebrate freedom thanks to those who came before. Those brave men and woman who fought and died in each and every war. Freedom always comes at a price, and while we celebrate, we should tip our hats to the heroes who made our COUNTRY GREAT.”

10 Steps to Better Pest Management
Without question, farms with a designated pest boss (one person in charge of countering all crop threats) do a better, more timely job of pest control, says Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist. But all pest bosses are not equal. “We can separate pest bosses by how well they keep records,” Ferrie says. “The best ones realize thorough record keeping is essential to pest management.”
Every pest boss starts with a master plan prepared well ahead of planting season. Then he or she records any changes, such as switching varieties or herbicides, as well as problems that arise and treatments applied during the growing season.
 “Keeping a pest management plan up to date requires effort from the entire pest management team,” Ferrie notes. “When chinks show up in a farm’s pest management armor, they usually start in the scouting and reporting process.”
Here are some tips to help you receive maximum benefit from your pest management plan: 1. Record everything. “Every time a team member enters or observes a field, he must record what is happening,” Ferrie says. “Even if everything is fine, it must be recorded.” 2. Don’t trust your memory. On smaller operations, the pest boss is usually a one-person team. “I see pest bosses who keep all their records in their heads,” Ferrie says. “Some people have good enough memories to do that; but too often there’s no record to fall back on when things go wrong. “Say you and your consultant are analyzing field maps after harvest. The consultant points to a low-yielding area. Merely telling him that area had a poor stand doesn’t help much because a ‘poor stand’ means different things to different farmers. You need to be able to call up actual stand counts and pest numbers. If you need to check on what happened in a field in past years, memory isn’t sufficient.” 3. Take pictures of crop problems. Include photos, taken by people or drones, in your pest management plan. Documenting failures might be more important than recording successes, and pictures can do both. “It’s just as important to know where a herbicide failed as where it worked,” Ferrie says. “Your record of observations and pictures is what enables you to accomplish things with your plan next season.” 4. All team members must contribute. In many operations, the pest boss can’t visit every field in a timely manner, so scouting is done by team members, whether they are employees, retailers or consultants. “All the data they collect must be reported to the pest boss, so he or she can access it,” Ferrie says. “It’s not enough for a retailer to scout a field, identify a problem and make a treatment. The action must be recorded. The bigger the pest management team, the more crucial record keeping becomes,” he adds. 5. Build a pest management database. “Pest management records must cover multiple years,” Ferrie says. “Often, a threat will pop up that you last experienced three or four years ago, such as aphids or spider mites triggered by weather conditions. You need to be able to check where it occurred, how you treated it and how the treatment worked.” 6. Put technology to work. If you’re new to pest management record keeping, it’s fine to start simple. “The traditional pocket notebook is still useful, as long as you pull it out and make an entry every time you visit a field and then transfer that information to your master pest management plan,” Ferrie says. “That notebook could get lost or wind up in the washing machine.” Some pest bosses carry a copy of their master plan to the field. “That way, everything from hybrids to chemical treatments is right at their fingertips,” Ferrie says. “If the pest boss or his scout spots a problem specific to certain hybrids, such as disease, he can quickly check other fields containing those hybrids.” The past decade has unleashed an array of technological innovations, starting with smartphones, that can make a pest boss more efficient and effective. “You can take notes and snap a picture, and use the phone’s GPS feature to record the location of the threat,” Ferrie says. “You can send the information to your retailer or consultant, and he can go directly to the site and analyze the problem.” Software programs let you carry your master plan to the field in your smartphone or tablet. “You can record stand counts today, and then return weeks later to the exact spot,” Ferrie says. “You can share the location with others. You can pull up previous years’ data or as-applied maps to check the effectiveness of a treatment.” 7. Store data on the cloud. The newest pest management software programs are cloud-based. “Information collected by all members of the pest management team is transmitted instantly and logged together,” Ferrie says. “The pest boss has instant access to help make more timely treatment decisions without the need for a phone call or email.” 8. Choose software that fits your style. “Software programs range from simple to complicated and from cheap to expensive,” Ferrie says. “All of them can be used to manage in-season threats, monitor crops, review the season after harvest and make changes for next year.” Several of the most popular programs include Climate FieldView, from The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto Company; AgFiniti, from Ag Leader Technology; and ScoutPro, from ScoutPro Inc. An online search for scouting apps will provide more. 9. Put your information to work. “After harvest, sit down with your entire farm management team and analyze yield maps,” Ferrie advises. “Yield maps are the scorecard of your growing season. When you spot a low-yielding area, pull up your pest management records and figure out the cause. Get everyone’s input, so you can figure out how all the pieces fit together. You may find the low yield resulted from problems with tillage or the planter or the sprayer, or something else entirely.” Getting everyone in on the post-season analysis keeps the entire staff on their toes. “For example, it reminds combine operators to produce spatially accurate, calibrated yield maps,” Ferrie says. “Accurate yield maps are just as important as scouting records because they tie everything together. Uncalibrated yield maps are as useless as incomplete scouting reports.” 10. Note the impact of weather. “Either record or be able to access data such as rainfall, evapotranspiration and sunlight [radiation],” Ferrie says. “As the season takes shape, you might want to look back in your records to the last wet or dry season, to anticipate problems. Many pests are driven by climatic conditions.” Protecting crops from pests takes time, effort and skill—and that, Mr. or Ms. Pest Boss, is why the job has been entrusted to you. Never have more tools been available to equip you for pest management success

An experienced homeowner knows you need to winterize certain aspects of your home, your HVAC system, and your car or RV, but what about winterizing your landscaping and garden? Although some plants will do fine left to their own devices, you can maximize your plants’ survivability and growth next season by helping them prepare for the cold winter months. Plants are annuals (which die off after one year), biennials (which last two years), or perennials (which live more than two years). Your annual plants, which include marigolds, daisies, petunias, impatiens, geraniums, and most herbs, are going to die off no matter what you do. You may be able to gather some of their seeds in the fall so you’ll be ready to replant in the spring, but other than removing the dead plants there isn’t any need for extensive winter prep. During the first year of biennials’ growth, the roots, stems, and leaves are formed, then in the second year they flower and form seeds or fruit. Biennials include parsley, black-eyed Susans, pansies, and foxglove. Perennials complete their full cycle every year, but come back in the spring, assuming they survive the cold winter months. Certain plants will require special treatment, but a good starting point for winterizing your garden includes:
  • Clear out debris, remove dead plants and stems, cut off diseased foliage from evergreens, and remove old flowers. This will reduce the chance that botanical diseases and insect eggs will harbor in the ground, causing trouble next spring.
  • Go ahead and prune dead branches off of trees now. This reduces the chance of a tree being knocked over in a fall storm, or limbs falling when snow settles on them. Trim back any branches that overhang your roof or walkways.
  • Make repairs to your raised beds, steps, and fencing. The fall tends to be a quiet time for most gardens and landscaping. Use your free time to take care of maintenance so that in the spring, you’ll be ready to roll.
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch! The mulch you put down in the spring is likely decomposed by now. Using a hoe, spread it out a bit then add a 1-2 inch layer of compost, followed by a thick layer of new mulch in flowerbeds and around trees and shrubs. The mulch will help to keep ground temperatures even, reducing the rate of freezing which helps plants adjust slowly to new temperatures.
  • Even though the growth of things above ground is slowing down or stopping, the roots of most perennials, shrubs, and trees are still growing strong, storing up sugars for the winter.  Don’t completely neglect watering during this time, but don’t water if you hear reports of a frost or freeze coming in the next few days.
  • Screen your evergreen shrubs and wrap your roses and tree trunks. Burlap cloth can make a great windscreen for delicate shrubs, or be used to wrap roses and fruit trees. The space between the screens can also be filled with shredded leaves or mulch for added insulation. Paper tree wrap is another great solution for young trees with a thin bark, including maples, cherry trees, and other fruit trees.
  • Time for bulbs! Fall is the best time to plant bulbs for next spring and summer, including garlic, shallots, daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth. Be sure to follow planting directions for your agricultural zone… too shallow and they’ll freeze, but too deep and they’ll struggle to break through in the spring.
  • Bare spots in the lawn? Fall is a great time to reseed. Loosen the soil in the bald spot, distribute grass seed, cover with a thin layer of straw or mulch, then keep the area well-watered until the grass comes in strong and freezing temperatures arrive

Outdoor, Uncategorized

Central Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

By the time the moon fully obscures the sun, at around 10:20 a.m. Aug. 21, Central Oregon’s population is widely expected to double. And with many of the visitors driving cars and RVs to the region, Central Oregon’s highway system may be stretched to capacity.

“It’s like if you took three Rose Bowls and set them in Central Oregon,” said Peter Murphy, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Without knowing how many people will attempt to make an impromptu trip to Central Oregon from the Willamette Valley, the department isn’t providing formal projections on how many people it expects on the roads in the region (although the Rose Bowl can seat 92,542).

Anecdotally, however, event planners are bracing for multi-hour delays throughout the region. Sandy Forman, event coordinator for Jefferson County Tourism Group, which is putting on the Oregon SolarFest in Madras, said the drive from Bend to Madras — which normally takes a little under an hour — could take more than eight hours during the lead-up to the eclipse.

“We tell everyone that they will need to be here Sunday night,” Forman said.

Murphy said traffic is likely to ramp up on Thursday, Aug. 17, and stay heavy from Friday through Tuesday, the day after the eclipse.

In response, Murphy said ODOT is planning to station two-person teams at 22 different locations around Central Oregon, including key intersections along U.S. highways 20, 26 and 97, to keep an eye on the situation and keep traffic moving in case of minor accidents or medical emergencies.

“Our responsibility as a transportation department is to keep the highways open,” Murphy said.

While Bend is outside the narrow sliver of the state that will see the moon entirely eclipse the sun, it will still be used by visitors as a staging area.

Murphy said the intersection at U.S. Highway 97 and Cooley Road, which can take several traffic-light cycles to clear during rush hour, may back up to NE Butler Market Road, three miles to the south, during the worst of the eclipse traffic.

However, Madras and Prineville, nearer to the eclipse’s path of totality and with no bypasses for traffic on the highways, will likely bear the brunt of the region’s traffic.

Michael Ryan, emergency manager for the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, said there are a number of permitted events on private land around Prineville, ranging from Symbiosis: Oregon Eclipse, which will bring an estimated 35,000 people to Big Summit Prairie east of Prineville, to smaller events like Moonshadow Festival at Winedown Ranch. While Ryan said many of the smaller events are not yet sold out, making the total number of cars harder to predict, he added that response times for fire trucks and other emergency services will be longer than normal.

“Our highway system in Central Oregon is set up for the 220,000 people who live here and the transient traffic through the region,” Ryan said. “If we double our traffic, it’s fair to say the system is going to show (its flaws).”

Lysa Vattimo, solar eclipse plan facilitator for the city of Madras, said she’s advising residents to get gas, buy groceries and run other errands a week in advance of the phenomenon, as trips across town will likely take around three times longer than usual.

Parking near downtown Madras will likely be a problem as well. Heidi Wood, who owns the Sears Hometown store on SE Fifth Street, said she is so concerned about visitors parking in the store’s parking lot, which it shares with nearby Erikson’s Thriftway, that she is planning to hire temporary workers to keep visitors out of the lot.

“It’s not like people coming for the eclipse are looking to buy appliances,” Wood said.

To help combat the traffic, Vattimo said Madras will close C Street, which turns into SW Canyon Road outside of downtown, to through traffic, allowing emergency services to get around the city more easily. The city may close other streets to all traffic other than ambulances in case of a medical emergency, according to Vattimo.

Forman added that Oregon SolarFest will be running buses to the Jefferson County Campgrounds and various locations around Madras along C Street as well. Visitors can pay $5 for a single-day ticket on the buses, or $15 for a weekend pass.

Outside of Madras, Murphy said ODOT will be updating Tripcheck.com, as well as the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages, with live updates about the traffic for visitors who might be looking to looking to take a day-trip over from Portland or Salem. The department will also have automated signs set up along Central Oregon’s highways to give instructions in case of an emergency.

Still, Murphy advised people planning to travel long distances to bring plenty of water and food, and plan stops for gas or restroom breaks well in advance. Given the possibility of starting a brush fire, he said visitors should avoid pulling off to the side of the road if possible.

“If you have a car full of kids, you need to know where to go,” Murphy said


Home Improvement  

The top 3 custom home renovation trends in 2017

Wherever you live, I’m sure you’ve seen homes being renovated following certain trends. You’d think it varies per location, but some trends have spread all over the world. In Canada for example, if you find custom home builders in Vancouver you’ll learn that families are leaning towards smart technology now. Down south in the US, homes are starting to get more minimalist, with preference to wide and open spaces. The ongoing trend is that we’re going minimal and digital, and this year is no different. We’ll be seeing more of these minimalist and futuristic trends get into our houses. Take a look at the top 3 custom home renovation trends this year:   Smart homes – Home renovation projects are likely to install at least one smart system in their house. The popular ones include:
  • Security upgrades. Traditional alarms have proven how immune homes are to burglars and accidents. Which is why homeowners are attracted to smart security systems. It gives them the ability to protect their homes even when they’re away. Aside from that, it allows them to monitor who goes in and out of their place.
  • Smart lighting. This upgrade rose to popularity because of its energy saving features. No doubt it will continue to be popular this year.
  • Smart entertainment system. We’ve seen how smart TVs dominate our living areas and how this technology just keeps getting better. Today, smart TVs are getting bigger, with faster streaming capabilities, and even voice command features.
  Master Suites – A lot of couples are investing in upgrading the master bedroom to a suite because it’s a place of rest and relaxation. Being the largest bedroom in the house, it contains more amenities than the rest of the bedrooms. Today, suites are being remodeled to include the following areas too:
  • Themed master bathrooms. Full bathrooms with thematic tiles and decor.
  • Seating area. Considered like a second living room, complete with couches and an entertainment system.
  • Walk-in closet. Big walk-in closets are a girl’s best friend! The trend nowadays is to combine the vanity area and the walk-in closet in a single room.
  Open kitchen layout – More and more houses are breaking walls to reveal an open kitchen. Despite being costly, the advantages are worth considering:
  • It gives the house a wider, lighter, and more breathable feeling.
  • A wide open space lends to a more consistent decorating solution. It would seem like you’re designing for just one big space.
  • It will be easier for the family to gather and see each other. This gives parents peace of mind, not having to worry where their children are.
  • Easy access to everything. Bringing things from one place to another is easier in an open space. This eliminates accidents along the way.
We’ve seen a lot of home renovation trends come and go. The aesthetics always change. The technologies always improve. Renovating a space takes a lot of money, but nothing compares to a house the whole family will love. Read More About this Article Here: The top 3 custom home renovation trends in 2017


Spring is the perfect time to check your smoke alarm batteries.

1. Check the battery type. Installing the new batteries incorrectly, or using the wrong type, will cause your smoke detector to not function. Always make sure you are using the correct type of battery and installing the batteries correctly to ensure the detector will work.[1]
  • Detectors that use lithium batteries will last for ten years. You generally cannot replace the battery, instead, replace the entire detector after its ten year life span is expired.
  • Many detectors will make use of a 9v battery. However, some may require different types of batteries.
  • Use high quality, long lasting batteries. Using rechargeable or low quality batteries may cause your smoke detectors to fail.
2. Remove the smoke detector. You will have to take your smoke detector down from its mounting on the ceiling. If your detector is hard-wired into your house’s power system, you should turn the power off at the fuse box first.[2]
  • The method you use to remove your smoke detector from its mounting will vary depending on which model it is.
  • Most smoke detectors are removed by twisting or sliding the detector away from the mounting.
  • Some detectors will not require you remove the entire detector. These models require that you remove only the section that covers the internal components and battery.
  • Not all hard-wired smoke detectors will have a backup battery
3. Open the battery compartment and install the new battery. To access the battery, you will have to remove the cover that contains it. Exactly where the battery is located, and how it is secured, will vary from model to model. Generally, once you remove the cover of the detector, you will be able to see where the battery is located without trouble.[3]
  • The location of this cover will vary from model to model, and some may be secured with a screw or other fastening.
  • Most coverings will slide off and away from the smoke detector’s body.
  • Once open, you can remove the old battery or batteries.
  • Make sure you install the new batteries correctly. Check that the negative and positive connections are matching the labels on the smoke detector
  • Close the battery cover.
  • Check your manual for the smoke detector if you are having trouble locating or removing the battery. If you don’t have the physical copy of the manual, you may be able to find it online, at the manufacturers website
4. Test the batteries. Before you reinstall the smoke detector, you will want to make sure that the batteries are working properly. Locate and utilize the button on your smoke detector that will test the batteries.[4]
  • The location of the test button will vary.
  • Most test buttons require you to press the button for a few seconds to engage the test.
  • If successful, the alarm will sound
5. Double check if the test fails. If the alarm doesn’t sound during the test of the batteries, you will need to recheck them. Never reinstall your smoke detector until it passes this battery test and has demonstrated that it is functioning properly.[5]
  • Check to see if the batteries are installed correctly. Make sure the positive and negative terminals are matching the correct terminals in the smoke detector.
  • If the batteries are installed correctly, and the test failed, replace the batteries and try again with new ones.
  • If no new batteries are working, your detector may need replacing. You may want to contact the manufacturer, as they may replace the detector if it is under warranty.
  • Some alarms have an LED-light that will indicate if the alarm is working properly. Generally a green light indicates that the alarm is working properly, a red light indicates an issue.
Read More Here: Smoke Alarm Safety: How to check your battery

Storm, Uncategorized, Water


“With the heavy snowfall we got last week, added to the heavy rain we’re expecting, the potential for impactful flooding is high,”

If you lived in northwest Oregon in 1996, this week’s weather and the forecast of what’s to come may feel ominously familiar. In late January of 1996, just like last week, heavy snowfall blanketed the region. Then a week-long cold snap set in, just like it did over the past few days. In the first week of February 1996, an atmospheric river of moisture took aim at the state, bringing with it warm temperatures that melted the snow, and catastrophic flooding quickly followed suit. On Saturday, the National Weather Service said a similar atmospheric river — the meteorological term for a warm, moisture-rich storm system — was headed our way so it appeared that all the pieces were in place for a repeat. “With the heavy snowfall we got last week, added to the heavy rain we’re expecting, the potential for impactful flooding is high,” Will Ahue, a meteorologist with the weather service, said Saturday. Unlike 1996, however, the region’s largest rivers — the Willamette and the Columbia — aren’t predicted to surpass flood stage and, weather being as unpredictable as it is, no one is sure yet exactly where the jet stream will make landfall and exactly how much rain it will drop. *** When the rains came in early February of 1996, they were carried on a warm jet stream from the tropics. That warm air sent snow levels soaring and accelerated snowmelt in the mountains. The mix of rain and snowmelt inundated nearly every body of water in the region and sent rivers to flood stage and beyond in a matter of hours. Eighteen of Oregon’s 36 counties were declared disaster areas as Corvallis, Oregon City, Portland and other communities along the Willamette River were overwhelmed with water at levels not seen since the Christmas Floods of 1964. At least eight people were killed, including an 8-year-old girl who drowned when she slipped into a culvert on her way to collect mail at her home in Scio. Another 21,000 were evacuated. In Oregon City, the river flowed at such a torrent that Willamette Falls all but disappeared in the deluge. Water lapped at the sidewalks of RiverPlace in Southwest Portland and came within inches of cresting the harbor wall in downtown. Some 40,000 sandbags and 600 plywood boards were deployed along the river in what came to be known as “Vera’s Wall” after then-mayor Vera Katz. The flooding was severe enough that President Bill Clinton visited Portland in the aftermath and commended the efforts of its citizens in helping fend off the flood from downtown. “If you look at this wall behind us, it seems to me that it is a symbol of what our country does when everybody pulls together and works together and forgets about their differences and focuses their attention and their hearts and their minds,” he said. Read More Here: Potential Flooding to Hit Portland, Oregon