Landslide blocks road between Tyee and Umpqua

Tyee Road landslide (Photo courtesy Douglas County Public Works)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A rock slide blocked Tyee Access Road 15 miles west of Sutherlin between the communities of Tyee and Umpqua in Douglas County, the Oregon DOT reports.

Photos taken by Kim Rochek Thorne and Martin Kelm of the slide have been shared hundreds of times on social media as of mid-day Wednesday.

Douglas County Public Works got a report of the rock slide from a Douglas Electric Cooperative crew around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

No one was present during the landslide, and no one was injured.

The cause of the slide has not yet been determined, public works said.

In a press release, the county said the Douglas County Public Works Department expects to have the road back open to traffic by 5 p.m. Thursday.

But first a contractor must drill and blast the rocks to make them smaller. That work is taking place Wednesday, with a plan to move the material off the road on Thursday.

The county now suspects it will take until or through the weekend to open the road.

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