Sheriff urges Mapleton residents to evacuate

MAPLETON, Ore. - Community members are advised to evacuate the Mapleton area immediately due to rising flood waters, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said early Thursday morning.

Community members wre urged before 6 a.m. to evacuate to the Florence Events Center before roads become impassable during high tide at approximately 8:45 this morning. 

Monitor the road access situation closely and leave as soon as possible via the safest accessible route, the sheriff advised.

If possible, community members are encouraged to stay with family or friends outside the flood affected area. 

If people need assistance with transport out of your home please call 911.