Columbia County roads closed by downed trees
Updated 3 p.m.
Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Columbia County reported that the following roads were still closed in both directions: Scappoose Vernonia Highway, Smith Road, Reeder Road at the gravel portion near the Gilbert River Boat Ramp, Neer City Road near the City of Rainier end, Dowd Road, Cater Road, Cedar Grove Road, Smith Road, and Colvin Road at Tandy Creek Bridge.
South Canaan, Heath Road, and Tarbell Road were open to one lane of traffic.
Lost Creek Road, Lindberg Road in Rainier, and Meserve Road were open by the afternoon.
At least 10 Columbia County roads were closed early on Wednesday, Jan. 13, following overnight storms.
"The weather we experienced last night caused some road closures due to downed trees. Our crews are currently working on clearing the roads," the county update in the morning stated. "Some of these trees have power lines involved and will have to be cleared by the utility company."
A flood watch was in effect from 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, through Wednesday morning. A flood advisory is in effect until Wednesday evening.
Columbia 911 Communications District is reminding residents that power outages do not warrant a call to 911.
"Calls are starting to come into the center regarding power outages around the county," Columbia 911 posted on social media on Wednesday morning. "Please remember that power outages are not a reason to call 911. At this time we have no ETA for any of the utility companies. You will have to contact your utility company for further information."
To report outages to Columbia River PUD, call 503-397-1844.
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