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The county commissioners requested the designation last month because of the county's low snow pack levels.

 

Crook County's Emergency Manager, Mike Ryan says it's been a tough year.

 

"Well, we haven't gone through a drought declaration for the better part of 10 to 15 years.  What I can tell you is what I know from people I've talked with on the drought council.  The Agriculture Department will be offering resources, not sure if they are monetary or other solutions to try and mitigate the problems."

 

The declaration allows the Governor's office flexibility in how the water is managed to ensure limited supplies are used efficiently.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)