Melting snow and continuous rain have prompted a flood warning for the Portland region, and the city of West Linn has made sand and sandbags available to residents.
There is some good news for local residents: The National Weather Service had advised the city that there was no risk for river flooding within city limits, West Linn Emergency Management Coordinator Brenna Cruz said.
"With the amount of rain we have received recently, there is always a possibility for short periods of localized flooding, but the likelihood and severity is very low at this time," Cruz added.
Assistant to the City Manager Dylan Digby added that people can help prevent flooding by clearing catch basins and blocked curb drainage with a rake or broom.
"Our Environmental Services crews are always working to keep these structures clear, but with over 2,800 catch basins and constantly falling debris we appreciate the assistance," Digby said. "We ask that people don't remove the grates or clean catch basins on busy streets."
Rivers across the region, including the Tualatin and Willamette, are currently running higher than usual.
"With the soils as saturated as they already are, and also the likelihood of some snow melting from lower elevations, all of that is going to combine for the threat of flooding," Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, told KOIN6 News earlier this week.
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