McKay Creek Flooding

The Bureau of Reclamation is increasing the outflow from the McKay Reservoir into McKay Creek from 1,200 cubic feet per second to 1,400 cubic feet per second. The increased flow may cause some minor backyard flooding.

PENDLETON — The release from McKay reservoir south of Pendleton is increasing from 1,200 cubic feet per second to 1,400 cfs, which could result in minor flooding.

Pendleton City Manager Robb Corbett reported the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the dam, increased the discharge on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

“In 2005, we determined we could go as high as 1,500 cfs and remain in the creek bed,” Corbett said, but city staff is talking about the possibility of setting up sand bag stations.

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