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Heavy rains expected through Saturday

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The National Weather Service is predicting a series of very wet storms across the Portland area beginning Thursday and extending through Sunday.

Driver’s are advised to drive with their headlights on, slow down and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians.

No flood warning has been issued, but Mark Jockers, a spokesman with Clean Water Services, said that leaf-clogged storm drain grates and roadside ditches are major causes for flooding during these wet, soggy days.

“Residents and businesses can help manage local flooding by keeping their local storm drain grates free of leaves and debris,” Jockers said. “Recent Washington County road flooding over the Halloween weekend was predominately caused by autumn leaves clogging many of the County’s 35,000 storm drains.”

Clean Water Service crews will be on hand to inspect known problem areas during the wet weather, Jockers said, but residents and businesses should take preventative steps to protect against flooding:

• Get leaves, debris and garbage out of the street and off storm drain grates.

• Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear.

• Keep yard debris and leaf piles away from drainage ditches and streams so that rising water does not carry the material downstream and block a culvert.

• If sandbags are needed, a list of sandbagging stations in Washington County is available here.

Residents can also bring leaves, grass clippings and pine needles to the upcoming free disposal and food drive events on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Aloha High School and Beaverton’s The Home Depot, 13700 N.W. Science Park Drive,

Need to report a hazard?

• 9-1-1 (life-threatening emergency)

• 503-629-0111 (after hours, non-emergency)

• 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

• 503-681-3600 Clean Water Services (flooding in urban unincorporated areas, such as Bull Mountain, Aloha or Metzger)