Flooding closes Oxbow

by: Contributed photo Rising water on the Sandy River forced the closure of Oxbow Regional Park today. It will remain closed through at least tomorrow.

Oxbow Regional Park closed Friday, Dec. 30, and will remain closed through at least Saturday, Dec. 31, due to rising water levels on the Sandy River.

After an unseasonably dry December, heavy rains set in this week, causing the Sandy and the Clackamas rivers to swell. Between 4 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 20, 1.05 inches of rain fell in Troutdale.

On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Clackamas River, reporting that the river at Estacada had crested at 20.5 feet, causing minor flooding. As of 2 p.m. the river had risen 3.85 feet over 24 hours.

Metro Regional Government closed Oxbow Regional Park on Friday when the Sandy River came within one foot of flooding the main road into the park. The river rose 2.64 feet between 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, and 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Bull Run, according to the National Weather Service.

High water levels also increase the risk of landslides and trees falling on eroded riverbanks and blocking roads.

For Oxbow updates, contact the park by calling 503-663-4708.