HEPPNER — The downpour Tuesday flooded out a Heppner family.
The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office reported Heppner received 1.45 inches of rain in 24 hours while 2.4 inches drenched the outlying areas. The American Red Cross reported torrent forced four adults and a child to leave their house on the 54200 Block of Highway 74, Heppner. The Red Cross sent a team of disaster responders to help with their immediate basic needs, such as temporary housing, food and clothing.
Four members of the sheriff’s office responded to help with flooding at Highway 207 and Willow Creek Road, along with state and local road and emergency agencies.
Locals and Hepper schools principal Matt Combe with 10 senior high students waded into the mess. They filled sand bags to help control the flow.
The sheriff’s office on its Faebook page thanked everyone for their efforts and called particular attention to Combe and the students — Hunter Nichols, Jason Rea, Gibson McCurry, Cason Mitchell, Tyler Carter, Logan Burright, Keegan Gibbs, Leo Waite, Zavier Glover and Kellen Grant.