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  • 23 Apr 2014

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Police officer hurt, homeless woman rescued during blustery weather

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VERN UYETAKE - High water slowed traffic on Southwest Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego Monday afternoon. Heavy rain flooded many local streets and forced TriMet to reroute some bus lines.A Portland police officer was seriously injured Monday afternoon when a tree fell on him during training on Hayden Island in Monday’s heavy rain and high winds.

Portland Police Bureau officials said Officer Paul Meyer, a 19-year veteran of the bureau, was in serious condition and recovering at a local hospital after surgery Monday afternoon.

Meyer was participating in ATV training Monday when a utility pole-sized tree fell about 30 feet onto him.

Meyer's injury was one of several incidents around the region during Monday’s nasty weather. The storm that dumped rain and blew wind through the Portland area also flooded streets and forced TriMet to alter some routes.

At about 4:10 p.m., Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies rescued a 35-year-old homeless woman and her dog from a campsite that was surrounded by rising water.

by: COURTESY OF WILLA GRUND - A car was stuck Monday afternoon in high water at Southeast 28th Avenue near the Eastmoreland Golf Course. Portland firefighters helped the stranded occupants to safety.Deputies said Susan Seale was camped in the Three Creeks Natural Area near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Sunnybrook Boulevard. She told deputies that her campsite was normally dry, but recent rains made the creeks rise.

A search and rescue and water rescue crew and personnel from Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 found the woman from her screams. Rescue personnel brought a small boat and rescued Seale and her dog.

Flooding on several Portland-area streets forced TriMet to detour several routes. Line 35 was forced to reduce speeds due to high water on Southwest Macadam Avenue between Nebraska and Pendleton streets. Line 19 detoured around flooding at Southeast 28th Avenue and Woodstock. Line 77 detoured around high water at Northeast 33rd Avenue and Broadway.

Flood warnings

Mother Nature threw a lot of wind, rain and some flooding our way.

The National Weather Service issued a storm warning for the Portland area and the Willamette Valley that includes concerns about flooding in the Clackamas River and Johnson Creek.

The hazardous weather advisory continues through Monday evening, according to the weather service.

Early Monday, the storm pounded the northern Oregon Coast, leaving 20,000 Pacific Power customers without electricity in Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach and several nearby communities.

Pacific Power is sending crews and equipment to help restoration efforts in the more hard-hit areas.

Winds along the Oregon Coast are expected to reach 70 mph in some areas. The southern and mid-Willamette Valley could see winds gusting to about 55 mph.

High winds also are expected in the Portland area, but flooding is more of a concern as heavy rain in the Cascades and the Coast Range mountains could send more water into rivers and Johnson Creek.

The National Weather service forecasts that heavy rain will fall throughout most of Monday, with winds gusting to 45 mph. Nearly two inches of rain is expected. The wind dies down a bit Monday night, but the heavy rain will continue.

By Tuesday, the region could expect scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon.