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Flooding closes East County roads, Springwater Trail

by: Courtesy of City of Gresham Overflow from Johnson Creek closed a section of the Springwater Trail Thursday afternoon at Hogan Bridge between Southeast Hogan Road and Ambleside Drive.

High water from Thursday's rain has closed roads in East Multnomah County. They are:

• Northeast Glisan Street between 203rd and 207th avenues in Fairview. Alternate routes include Halsey and Stark streets.

• Southeast 267th Avenue from Highway 26 to Stone Road in rural east county. The road is open for local access but those who use it as a through street should use Stone Road as a detour.

• Southeast Oxbow Drive at 323rd has high water running over the road but is passable. Drivers should proceed through the area at 5 miles per hour and obey warning signs. If water levels increase, Multnomah County will close the road.

Clackamas County also closed Clackamas River Drive from Forsythe Road to Springwater Road south of Damascus due to a landslide.

And for those of you who enjoy a morning stroll on the Springwater Trail in Gresham, think twice. Johnson Creek flooded part of the popular walking and biking trail, forcing city officials to close the trail at Hogan Bridge between Southeast Hogan Road and Ambleside Drive. 'High Water' signs have been placed on both sides of the trail to warn pedestrians and bike riders of the closure.

City officials also want to remind residents that Gresham's self-service sandbag station is open around the clock at 2123 S.E. Hogan Road. It's for residential use only and everything needed to make sandbags is on site.