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Tualatin River levels recede after reaching flood stage in West Linn

SUBMITTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL JORDAN - This photo of Fields Bridge Park taken Sunday morning shows flooding due to the rising Tualatin River.

This story has been updated from its original version.

Southwest Nyberg Lane remained closed Saturday and Sunday due to high water in Tualatin, with some parking lots and other areas being inundated as well.

After several days of steady rise, the Tualatin River began receding after reaching a stage of 116.2 feet early Sunday, according to measurements at the river gauge in Tualatin, as reported by the National Weather Service.

In West Linn, according to the NWS, the Tualatin River crested at almost 13.7 feet at 4 a.m. Sunday — just above the 13.5-foot level considered to be its minor flood stage. It also receded as the day progressed, falling back to 13.5 feet by 3 p.m. The NWS said in a 3:20 p.m. update that the river was expected to recede beneath flood stage Sunday evening.

Michael Jordan, who submitted photos he took at Fields Bridge Park in West Linn Sunday morning to The Times, reported that pathways to and from the park were flooded.

SUBMITTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL JORDAN - The Tualatin River was up nearly to the level of the trail on the river's south bank in Fields Bridge Park in West Linn Sunday morning.According to the NWS, above the minor flood stage in West Linn, lowland flooding and road closures upstream of Tualatin are likely.

The city of Tualatin closed Nyberg Lane between 57th and 65th avenues as the river rose overnight into Friday. It also closed its “Blue” and “Green” public parking lots off Southwest Boones Ferry Road due to localized flooding. Low-lying private parking lots at Valvoline and the Roamer's Rest RV Park were flooded as well.

The city reported Sunday morning that portions of Jurgens Park have also flooded and Southwest Jurgens Lane has standing water on the roadway.

While the Tualatin River fell about 0.16 feet from its peak Sunday morning, according to an NWS hydrograph, the city of Tualatin said water levels were expected to continue rising over the next day or two but not crest to the flood stage in Tualatin.

“Projections indicate the City of Tualatin may experience additional localized flooding as rains continue,” the 8 a.m. news release added.

The city has noted several “potential problem areas” if localized flooding worsens, including Southwest Nyberg Road east of Interstate 5, Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road between Martinazzi Avenue and Boones Ferry Road, and Southwest Tualatin Road near Tualatin Community Park. It has urged motorists and pedestrians to be cautious of high water on roadways and pathways.

The Tualatin River, a subsidiary of the Willamette River, has been swollen by several days of heavy rain. Successive communities along the river's course have experienced flooding due to the high water.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office posted a video of the rushing water on its Twitter account just after 1 p.m. Sunday, remarking, “Usually a tranquil place, the confluence of the Tualatin and the Willamette is fast and angry.”

The Sheriff's Office warned that water conditions are “dangerous” and urged people to use caution near waterways.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information from the National Weather Service, submitted photos and information about flooding at Fields Bridge Park, information from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and clarification of the river measurements.

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - A hydrograph shows the Tualatin River receding slightly from its peak measurement Sunday morning.

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