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Heavy rains cause floodings in Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood

SUBMITTED PHOTO: CITY OF TIGARD - Public works crews survey flooding near a house near Southwest Fonner Street and Pathfinder LaneThis story has been updated from its original version.

The heavy rain that assaulted the Portland area on Monday has caused at least one Tigard family to evacuate their home, according to the city’s public works department, and forced a closure and detour of Highway 217 in Beaverton.

Brian Rager, public works director with the city, said that standing water has caused several road closures and detours across the Portland area. On Monday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The city of Tigard has a list of road closures and detours on its website.

Sherwood has a live map of areas where high water and flooding have been reported.

Key trouble spots to avoid in Tigard:

• 72nd Avenue at Bonita Road

• 72nd Avenue at Dartmouth Street

• Cascade Avenue

• Hall Boulevard at Fanno Creek

• Hall Boulevard at Oak Street

• North Dakota Street and Tigard Street at Fanno Creek

“What you’ve got is just too much water for the system to take,” Rager said.

Flooding near Southwest Fonner Street and Pathfinder Lane has creeped so close to homes that Rager said public works crews advised one homeowner to evacuate.

“Anywhere that you’ve got houses built next to these little creeks, there’s potential for flooding,” he said. “There are several tributaries throughout town, and when it’s like this they can all back up.”

Rager said that heavy rains are expected over the next few days.

“There’s only so much you can do when it rains this hard. We knew the trouble spots, checked them and are clearing issues as we see them, but there is so much volume that the system just can’t take it.”

Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, in the midst of the evening commute, the Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 217 at Southwest Allen Boulevard and Denney Road in Beaverton due to high water on the freeway.

Meanwhile, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said that firefighters had responded to more than 30 water-related calls by the afternoon.

"The majority of calls have been related to flooded intersections, motor vehicle accidents and submersions, and water entering people's residences after significant rainfall overnight and this morning," TVF&R said in a statement.

The agency has received so many calls, a spokesman for the company said, that it has had to prioritize what situations it responds to first.

"We encourage the public to continue to call 9-1-1 with water-related problems, but know that resources are being prioritized based on life-safety risk," the agency said Monday. "This may mean that TVF&R units will be delayed to assist residents with localized flooding issues."


To request help or report a road hazard:

• Call 9-1-1 (life-threatening emergency).

• Call 503-629-0111 (after hours, non-emergency).

• Call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (during business hours).

• Submit an online request for non-emergency road service at www.co.washington.or.us/roadservice.

• Call Clean Water Services at 503-681-3600 to report flooding in urban unincorporated areas (outside of cities).


Sandbags available across Washington County

Sandbags are often the first line of defense when it comes to preventing high water from reaching your home or business.

Washington County has several stations where residents can fill sandbags for their home use.

Here's a list of local sandbagging sites.

• Tigard Public Works building, 8777 S.W. Burnham St. (adjacent to TVF&R fire station)

• Sherwood, 15527 S.W. Willamette St.

• Tualatin Public Works, 10699 S.W. Herman Road


Safety tips for dealing with flooded streets

The National Weather Service is asking residents to be alert during high water conditions.

• Keep children and pets away from flood waters.

• Don't walk or drive through flood waters; if you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.

• If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

• Do not travel if it's not necessary. Make sure your preparedness kit is in order and that it contains hand-crank radio, flashlight, blankets, food and water, charged cell phones and personal items to keep you comfortable.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional closure information on Highway 217.


By Geoff Pursinger
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