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Flood warnings lifted in Estacada, other areas

UPDATE: Paradise Park, Twin Island and Starr Road areas no longer on Level 1 Evacuation alert


Photo Credit: COURTESY OF ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - The Clackamas River is expected to rise to 27.48 feet on Sunday, Dec. 21, a level in the major flood zone. The Estacada Fire Department is urging residents to take measures to prepare for heavy rain and possible flooding. Residents of Paradise Park, Twin Islands and Starr Road have been placed on a Level 1 evacuation alert.Flood warning have been eased along the Sandy and Clackamas rivers, with a voluntary Level 1 evacuation notice lifted for residents of Paradise Park, Twin Islands and Starr Road.

The easing came as rains tapered off Sunday. Earlier, Estacada Fire Division Chief Richard Anderson stated in a press release that the fire department, Clackamas County Emergency Management and Portland General Electric continue to monitor river levels and may issue additional evacuations.

Anderson explained the different levels of evacuation notices that may be issued.

Residents in Level 1 evacuation areas should be aware of the danger that exists in the area and monitor news for information. Under Level 1, evacuations are voluntary, but residents should make arrangements in case it becomes necessary to leave.

Anderson said Level 2 evacuation notices indicate that there is significant danger in the area and that residents should be prepared to evacuate.

“…Residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready at a moment’s notice,” Anderson said.

Those in Level 3 evacuation areas should leave immediately due to imminent danger.

Yesterday, Estacada Fire Department Division Chief Richard Anderson announced in a press release that the Clackamas River is expected to rise to 26.38 feet on Sunday, Dec. 21, a level predicted to be in the major flood range.

Updated predictions show that the river is expected to rise to 27.48 feet.

Anderson explained that the river is considered in minor flood stage at 20 feet and a major flood stage at 25.

Anderson urged residents in the Estacada Rural Fire District to have 72-hour emergency kits prepared and to clear gutters, drains, culverts, ditches, and to remove leaves from flood drains.

Clackamas County residents may find locations to get sandbags at the Clackamas County Emergency website.

If emergency notifications become necessary they will go out via the Clackamas County Emergency Notification System, which will call residents’ phones with information. Anderson urged those with cell phones or voice-over-IP phones to register them here..

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