Tualatin River to flood in Forest Grove area Friday night
The Tualatin River near Dilley will flood Friday night as the water level crests over 17.5 feet around 10 p.m., closing roads and causing widespread agricultural flooding but not threatening houses according to the National Weather Service.
"Heavy rain is definitely the main factor. It's likely some snow melt is contributing to it," said David Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. "A minor flood is at 17.5 feet, and our forecast is for 17.51."
The river last topped flood level in November 2016. It reached as high as 19 feet in December 2007.
If the river reaches 18.5 feet, a few homes would be threatened, according to the National Weather Service. However, the current forecast projects it will crest well below that point.
Bishop added the forecast expects the river to subside below flood levels by early Saturday morning.
The Washington County Land Use & Transportation Department locked the flood gates at Northwest Susbauer Road between Long and Hornecker roads Friday afternoon.
Fern Hill Road from Taylor Way to Geiger Road south of Forest Grove has been closed since Tuesday.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue reported Bates Road near Gaston and Ritchey Road in Forest Grove were also among those closed Friday afternoon.
In Washington County, motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists caught moving or traveling around road closure barricades can receive $260 fines.
Driving into high water is extremely hazardous. If you encounter high water on a roadway, you should turn around and find an alternate route.
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