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Thursday's nasty weather includes rain rain rain, a flood watch

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A pickup truck splashed its way up a flooded Southeast Kelly Avenue during early December heavy rain.Rain, rain, rain and more rain.

And, a flood watch for most of the Willamette Valley.

That’s Thursday’s weather forecast.

The National Weather Service says heavy rain is expected across the Portland area through Thursday evening, Dec. 17. The region could expect to get between one and three inches of rain throughout the day.

About three to seven inches of rain could fall in the Coast Range mountains and the Cascades Foothills, according to the National Weather Service.

Local rivers and creeks could rise quickly in the heavy rain, the weather service warned. Rivers that could be near flood stage include the Wilson, the Siletz, the Siuslaw, the Tualatin, the Marys, the Luckimute and the Pudding.

Johnson Creek in Portland is expected to be close to flood stage during the week’s rain.

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is warning people that the heavy rain could cause hazardous traveling conditions, like wet and slippery roads and standing water.

City officials said that anyone disobeying road closure signs could face fines of up to $1,000. Only two roads are closed in Portland: Southwest Montgomery Street between Vista and 14th Avenue, and Hamilton near 39th Avenue. The roads were damaged by last week’s storms.

PBOT's website will also be updated at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ with weather-related road closures in Portland between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Citizens can report debris, mud, rocks, trees or branches blocking any road by calling the dispatch hotline, 503-823-1700.

City crews have stocked sand and sand bag locations for residents or business owners in the Fanno Creek and Johnson Creek watersheds. Bring your own shovel.

Sand bag locations are:

• 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.

TriMet is also warning bus and train riders that service could be affected by high water and congestion. During recent heavy rains, flooded streets blocks MAX trains and buses in some parts of the city.

Utility companies said their crews were preparing for the nasty weather. "We are staging crews and equipment to meet this new weather challenge that will affect customers,” said Curtis Mansfield, vice president of Pacific Power’s operations. “Wherever and however it hits us with flooding, ice or heavy mountain snow we are ready to respond.”