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Storm blows in more rain, chance of local floods


by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Flooding along Johnson Creek each year forces residents in the Foster Road area to stock up on sandbags. Portland officials are warning that a big storm blowing into the region Monday and Tuesday could create more flooding in area rivers and creeks.Rain, wind, floods — oh my!

The National Weather Service warns that a strong storm moving into the area will bring heavy rain overnight Monday and into Tuesday, dropping one to three inches of rain in parts of the Willamette Valley and about twice that on the Oregon Coast.

That means several local rivers and creeks could overflow their banks. Most of the Portland area and Northwest Oregon are under a flood watch, according to the weather service.

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is asking residents to keep an eye on storm drains in their areas to prevent flooding of streets during the downpours. The bureau says residents should call the city, 503-823-1700, if they need help unclogging a storm drain.

The Bureau of Transportation maintains catch basins on 456 miles of stormwater sewer pipe, 878 miles of combined sewer pipe (carries stormwater and sewage), 58,000 catch basins, 9,000 sumps, 4,700 miles of streets, 351 trash racks, 141 miles of ditches and 23 miles of culverts.

City crews also have stocked sand pile and sand bag locations for Portland residents or business owners who want to protect their property from flood damage. Sand and sand bags are provided at no charge; please bring your own shovel. The sandbags can be filled at:

Southeast 88th Avenue south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park

Southeast 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection

Southwest 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and other regional fire departments have also set up sandbag sites around Washington and Clackamas counties. Lists of the sites can be found at www.tvfr.com.

Portland also plans to close flooded streets and set up detours if necessary. Motorists who ignore street closures and drive through barricades face a $360 fine.

Residents can monitor conditions and emergency alerts at www.PublicAlerts.org.