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Rainfall causes dangerous situations in the Columbia River Gorge as experts warn 'stay away'

COURTESY PHOTO: U.S. FOREST SERVICE  - Multnomah Creek flooded after heavy rainfall. Multnomah Creek, which flows from the base of the popular Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, is one of the many waterways across the region that has flooded.

Friday afternoon, Nov. 12, the U.S. Forest Service reported the flooding had completely submerged the underground walkway from the Interstate 84 parking lot to the falls and Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge. The tourist destination has been closed because of the water, as has the access road to the Eagle Creek trailhead.

The Forest Service warns people to stay clear of all burn areas within the gorge, as there is a strong chance of dangerous landslides due to all the rainfall.

Flooding blocked roads and sidewalks across East Multnomah County through the end of the week. The city of Fairview opened a sandbagging station for residents off Crestwood Street, while the Portland Bureau of Transportation reported crews working 12-15 hour shifts to clear clogged storm drains.

The National Weather Service forecasts the rain letting up over the weekend. It is expected to return in force Monday, Nov. 15.

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