Oregon governor declares state of emergency in 13 counties due to flooding, landslides

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday declared a state of emergency for 13 counties due to recent heavy rains, high winds, flooding and landslides.

The counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill.

"Heavy rains and wind have required the evacuation of residences, and mudslides and high water have severely damaged or blocked major roadways in these areas of the state," Brown said. "The emergency declaration ensures state resources, emergency response personnel, and equipment can be activated to respond to communities in need if their local resources are exhausted."

The state of emergency is in effect until further notice.