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Weather service warns of floods, state worries about landslides

The National Weather Service is warning that local rivers and creeks could flood because of heavy rain and storms blowing in Wednesday and Thursday. And state geologists are telling residents to be on the watch for landslides and debris flow caused by the wet weather.

On Wednesday morning, the weather service issued a flood watch for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington through Thursday morning. The watch includes the Portland area, central and south Willamette Valley, north and central Oregon coast and Coast Range, the Cascade foothills of northern Oregon and Lane County, and Vancouver, Wash.

For more information, check the website 1.usa.gov/1H8QPWS

“Intense rainfall can trigger landslides, so it's important to be aware of the potential hazard,” says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. “Landslides and debris flows are possible during this weather event.”

More information about landslides and debris flows are on the website bit.ly/landslidehazards.

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