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UPDATE: High water closes Oregon Zoo for the day, delays MAX and Streetcar


TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Muddy water flows off the hillside near Southwest Knights Boulevard Monday morning, Dec. 7. Monday's heavy rain is causing flooding on streets around Portland.Your Monday weather forecast: rain, wind, floods, oh my.

The National Weather Service says the Portland region could be hit with several inches of rain, which might push local rivers above the flood stage in some places.

Heavy wind also is expected throughout Monday, with some places getting gusts of 45 mph, according to the weather service.





The weather service says about four inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours in parts of the Coast Range and two to three inches in the Cascades, adding water to rivers and streams already swollen from November’s wet weather. By the time this storm passes, the weather service says the two mountain ranges could see about a foot of rain.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Water flows across part of the parking area at the Oregon Zoo Monday morning.Parts of the Willamette Valley could also get three to five inches of rain Monday, heavy at times, according to the weather service.

The rain and standing water are delaying many TriMet buses and MAX trains. The wet weather also forced the Oregon Zoo to close for the day because of flooded zoo walkways. There will be no ZooLights display Monday night because of the high water, zoo officials say.

Flooding and high water also forced Gresham-Barlow's East Orient Elementary School to close early. Students were released at 11:30 a.m. Afternoon activities were canceled in the Gladstone and North Clackamas school districts.

The city of Gresham closed several streets because of high water. Those included:

• Southeast Hogan, Division to NE 23rd

• SE division from Main to Cleveland

• SE Palquist from Highway 26 to SE Palmblad

• Butler between Towell and Rodlund

Clackamas County roads crews closed portions of these roads due to high-water concerns:

• Fielding Road in Lake Oswego

• Tillstrom Road in Damascus

• Jennings Avenue in Oak Grove

• Roethe Road between McLoughlin Blvd/Highway 99E and River Road

• Sunshine Valley Road in Damascus

Holcomb Road between Redland Road and Apperson Boulevard has been closed because of a landslide. The Canby Ferry is closed until further notice.

Clackamas County Emergency Operations Center has established a public inquiry line for anyone seeking assistance. The number is 503-655-8224. The phone lines will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Multnomah County crews closed several roads because of high water, downed trees, landslides, washouts and other problems, including:

• Corbett Hill Road, from Interstate 84 to Historic Columbia River Highway (landslide)

• Oxbow Parkway just below Hosner Road

• Larch Mountain Road near Haines Road (downed power lines)

• NW Cornelius Pass Road between Highway 30 and NW Skyline Blvd.

• Division & 282nd Ave. intersection

• 244th Ave. & West Historic Columbia River Highway intersection

• Telford Road

• Cottrell Road

• Orient Drive and Elsa Road

• Chamberlain Road

Flooding at Multnomah Creek forced Oregon's Department of Transportation to close the parking lot at Multnomah Falls.

Portland city officials say the Portland Streetcar service was suspended between Northwest 23rd Avenue and Marshall Street and Portland State University because of standing water. Crews cleared the tracks several hours later, and streetcars began moving again.

Streetcars are serving all stops between OMSI and Northwest 11th Avenue, as well as all stops between Southwest Third Avenue and Harrison Street and Lowell and Bond.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JILL SMITH - A tree fell Monday morning on the trail at Forest Glen Park in Forest Grove.Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services says the heavy rain caused the city's combined sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River at about 7:50 a.m. Dec. 7. The city warned people to stay out of the river for 48 hours to avoid contamination.

The flood watch covers most of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. It continues until Wednesday afternoon.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOHN BAKER - A truck leaves a wake in high water at Canby's South Pine Street, just off Highway 99E, Monday afternoon, Dec. 7.Rivers most at risk include the Grays, the Nehalem, the Wilson, the Trask, the Upper Tualatin, the Siletz, the Alsea, the Clackamas, the Luckiamute and the Pudding.

Johnson Creek in Portland is also expected to overflow, according to the weather service.

Landslides also could be a problem because of the saturated ground. Monday morning, Portland’s Bureau of Transportation closed Northwest Cornell Road between Cumberland and Thompson roads because of two landslides.

"Intense rainfall is a common landslide trigger," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. "Landslides and debris flows are possible during this period of severe weather, so it's important to be aware of the potential hazard."

High winds could hit the area between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, with the heaviest wind between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the weather service.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A truck plows through a flooded street in Milwaukie.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Crews work to cut away branches that fell on a powerline near Johnson Creek Boulevard.

COURTESY OF TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews blocked the flooded intersection at Southwest 72nd Avenue and Bonita Road Monday afternoon.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - A drain collects leaves and water Monday afternoon near Northwest Davis Street.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - A Gresham Towing truck and driver helps free a motorist stranded by high water on Southeast Kelly Avenue Monday morning.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Gresham environmental services workers work to unclog a drain at the intersection of Southeast Division Street and Cleveland Avenue Monday, Dec. 7.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - A pickup truck splashes its way up a flooded Southeast Kelly Avenue on Monday morning.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Heavy rains overwhelmed the stormwater system on Southeast Division Street Monday, Dec. 7.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - A parking lot off Southeast Division Street was flooded by heavy rains Monday, Dec. 7.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Cars speed along a flooded Southeast Division Street on Monday, Dec. 7, after a night of heavy rain.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Cars negotiate a flooded Northeast Halsey Street in Fairview the morning of Monday, Dec. 7.