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PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - A truck plowed through a flooded street in Milwaukie on Monday, just one of many in the area that were swamped and even closed by record rainfall.Heavy rains are forecast to return to the Portland area and cause more problems like Monday's flooding.

State and local agencies are warning residents to prepare for more heavy rain and related problems, like flooding and landslides that block roads.

The American Red Cross opened two shelters in areas where the flooding has been most severe. One is at Clackamas Park Friends Church, 8120 SE Thiessen Rd., Milwaukie. The second is at Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72 Ave. It is serving as a reception center for residents living in the Johnson Creek area who may want to evacuate to higher ground.

An updated list of road closures in the Portland area is available from the Oregon Department of Transportation website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/556078.

Additional information on closures is at www.flashalertportland.net/closures-cats.html.

The National Weather Service said the Portland area was hit by more than three inches of rain Monday, pushing local rivers above the flood stage in some places. But the effects were much worse than anyone predicted, resulting in the complete closure of such major corridors as Highway 217 in Beaverton, Hall Boulevard in Tigard, and Southeast Foster Road in Portland.

The rain and standing water disrupted TriMet buses and MAX and WES trains. The wet weather also forced the Oregon Zoo to close because of flooded walkways.

In Portland, the city's Bureau of Environmental Services said the heavy rain caused the combined sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River. It warned people to stay out of the river for 48 hours to avoid contamination.

Portland Streetcar service was also suspended between Northwest 23rd Avenue and Marshall Street and Portland State University because of standing water.

Outside of Portland, many schools were forced to close, including Gresham-Barlow's East Orient Elementary School and activities at the Gladstone and North Clackamas school districts. Many after-school activities were also canceled.

Some of the school closures continued into Tuesday and beyond, with heavy rains predicted to return before the end of the week.