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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Drivers splash across Southwest Hall Boulevard in Tigard on Monday after Fanno Creek overflowed its banks onto the road. On Thursday Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency of 13 Oregon counties, including Washington CountyOregon Governor Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency in 13 counties across the state, including Washington County.

After days of heavy rains caused flooding and landslides across much of the Portland area, Brown

The declaration allows Washington County officials to qualify for state funding to fix roads and other damage caused by the heavy wind and rain.

Brown"Heavy rains and wind have required the evacuation of residences, and mudslides and high water have severely damaged or blocked major roadways in these areas of the state,” Governor Brown said on Thursday. "The emergency declaration ensures state resources, emergency response personnel, and equipment can be activated to respond to communities in need if their local resources are exhausted." 

The declaration comes at the request of local officials and the state’s Office of Emergency Management.

The declaration authorizes the OEM to activate the state’s emergency operations plan and assist affected counties in recovery efforts.

Statewide, at least two people have died as a result of a series of storms that have blanketed much of Northern Oregon with rain, flooding and mudslides since Monday.

In Southeast Washington County, public works crews are working to stop several high water instances in Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood after creeks overflowed their banks.

On Friday, rising water caused road closures in Tualatin and Rock Creek flooded businesses near the Tualatin River.

The state of emergency is in effect until further notice. 

Brown declared a state of emergency is 13 counties:

• Benton County

• Clackamas County

• Clatsop County

• Columbia County

• Lane County

• Lincoln County

• Linn County

• Marion County

• Multnomah County

• Polk County

• Tillamook County

• Washington County

• Yamhill County

By Geoff Pursinger
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