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Clackamas County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency Tuesday as flooding damage estimates continued.

The flooding has taken out roads and bridges near Welches and rerouted the Sandy River, which for a time left people there stranded from access to nearby roads.

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County spokesman Tim Heider said damage estimates were still coming in. The county would need to report $1.2 million in damage to qualify for state help to repair public lands and infrastructure.

The declaration also allows permission for authorities to order evacuations if necessary. Oregon law requires that the county would need to have sustained more than $1.2 million in damage to qualify.

Heider said officials may not have final damage assessments for several weeks.

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