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Heavy rain causes sewer overflow, flooding blocks streetcar line, MAX trains

Saturday afternoon’s heavy rain caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow, sending sewage into the Willamette River.

The deluge also flooded some downtown area streets, forcing the Portland Streetcar to stop running. TriMet replaced the streetcar’s North/South Line, A Loop and B Loop with bus shuttles due to flooding.

TriMet also said MAX Blue and Red lines were blocked because of high water under the Morrison Bridge. Shuttle buses were used to serve MAX stations between Providence Park and Rose Quarter Transit Center.

Other MAX lines also delayed because of high water throughout the area.

Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services reported Oct. 31 that the rain blowing through the city caused combined sewers to overflow into the river. Bureau officials said people should avoid contact with the river from the Sellwood Bridge to the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park.

More information is at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/overflow.