Tyee Road likely closed through weekend

This Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 photo shows Douglas County Sheriff Marine Deputy Ken Zarbano examines a massive rock that fell on Tyee Road in Umpqua west of Sutherlin, Ore. Crews in Douglas County are working to clear the massive rockfall that closed the road on Tuesday. (Mike Henneke/The News-Review via AP)

UMPQUA, Ore. - The landslide on Tyee Road will keep the road closed until at least the weekend, Douglas County officials said.

The slide brought a massive rock down onto the road along the Umpqua River on Tuesday afternoon.

Crews got to work breaking up the rock on Wednesday. That work continued Thursday.

The closure forced school busses to alter their routes.

"We deliver students out here on Tyee Road," driver Joyce Hammer said. "Because of the slide, of course, we've had to re-route our students."

Hammer estimated the delays at 5 to 10 minutes for students affected by the landslide.

"We do have another way out, so it's not a problem," Umpqua-area resident Judy Berry said. "But we did lose power for just a glitch, just kind of made all the clocks blink. It wasn't very long at all."

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