Flooding, slides causing problems throughout region
Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in the region Tuesday, including a slide that temporarily closed Northwest Cornelius Pass Road between Highway 30 and Northwest Skyline Boulevard.
Multnomah County crews responded to the slide. They found standing water on sections of the road between the slide and Highway 30 due to heavy rains. It was reopened by 5 p.m., after several truckloads of debris were removed.
According to the officials, heavy rains and snow melt are overwhelmed drains and culverts in the West Hills on many roads. Northwest Rocky Point Road remains closed between Highway 30 and Skyline due to a potential slide indicated by a large crack in the road. The road will be evaluated by engineers before a decision is made to reopen it.
The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory Washington County and the surrounding counties. The Washington County Roads Department reported high water and flooding on over a dozen roads, including Cornelius-Schefflin/Zion Road between Wren and Susbauer, Roy Road, Jackson School Road and Jenkins Road.
The department said they're barricading several roads completely.
"We've had a lot of reports of water over the roads, so we've been doing some road closures and it's been pretty wild," Melissa De Lyser, communications manager for Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation, said. "Even as little as six inches can have a significant impact on your travel."
The Forest Grove Fire Despartment said flooding was such a problem in the western part of Washington County that there were too many roadways to name.
Flooding is a concern in the area of Johnson Creek and SE Foster Road. The creek was at 10 feet Tuesday morning, and 11 feet is considered the flood stage.
Portland has set up sandbag locations to help people prepare for potential flooding:
• Southeast 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park. Enter parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and follow one-way traffic to the sand pile at the exit on the east side of 88th.
• Southeast 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection.
• Southwest 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park, enter Gabriel Park from Vermont.
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