2 die in Northwest storms as residents brace for more rain

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1 killed by tree; storms drench Pacific Northwest.

Dec. 9, 2015: Kevin McLeod, co-owner of the Riverview RV Park, wades through floodwaters near a partially submerged car after he hooked up a pump to get rid of water that flooded RV’s and other vehicles Wednesday morning in Puyallup, Wash. (AP) PORTLAND, Ore. – Torrential rains pummeled parts of the Pacific Northwest early Wednesday causing mudslides and flooding roads, leaving two women dead in Oregon and sweeping seven people into a Washington river, where they were rescued. Next door neighbor Sam Choumxay, whose bedroom window faces the woman’s home, said he watched in horror as the tree fell onto his neighbor’s house with a thud. The Oregon Department of Transportation says landslides and high water have closed parts of many state highways. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola) Authorities said the man drove himself and the woman into high water where the road was closed near U.S.

Here are the latest developments: 4:56 p.m.: Portland General Electric says it has restored service to about 55,000 customers in seven counties since a series of storms began battering the region Monday. On Wednesday afternoon, a woman drowned after her car became submerged on a flooded road about 60 miles northwest of Portland in Clatskanie, Oregon, The Oregonian reported.

That beats the previous Dec. 8 record of 1.61 inches Someone called 911 around 6:30 a.m. to report that people were in the river up to their waists and chests beneath the State Route 512 overpass, The News Tribune newspaper reported (http://is.gd/7Wk7jd). Forecasters say another round of rain will show up about midnight, but it won’t bring the type of heavy rain that’s caused flooding and problems across northwest Oregon this week. To the north, in Fall City, resident Eric West said flooding is typical for the Snoqualmie Valley, but this year seems to be a little worse, with three or four floods. “Times are changing,” West said. “Through the summer, we had the driest summer on record and now we’re making up for all the rain we missed in the summer time.” Officials with Puget Sound Energy say power was restored to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in western Washington on Wednesday. Rain will be steady through Thursday morning and into the afternoon, but then sun breaks should begin to bust through. 3:33 p.m.: For most Oregonians, the intense weather of the last two days was little more than an annoyance — snarled commutes, clogged downspouts, flooded streets. For Multnomah County’s 16,000 homeless, particularly the estimated 75 who camp along Johnson Creek, the record rainfall and floodwaters offered a double-shot of misery.

Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after days of hazardous weather with landslides, power outages and flooding of roadways, homes and property. Others got soaked, stayed soaked and watched their few worldly possessions swept away. 3:24 p.m.: Mail operations are being disrupted in several Oregon cities, the U.S.

Residents of Vernonia, Clatskanie and Wheeler have been redirected to other post offices for service, the agency says, and carriers cannot reach routes in or near Bay City, Garibaldi, Manzanita and Rockaway, as well as some areas of Tillamook. 1:58 p.m.: A small RV park near the Puyallup River in Washington state was evacuated on Wednesday morning as floodwaters stranded several recreational vehicles and small cars. The declaration also directs the Washington Military Department to coordinate state response activities and can be used to activate the Washington National Guard if necessary. Sheriff’s deputies said they rescued several people from their homes in the area Tuesday night and early Wednesday after river flooding trapped them inside. Officials were also trying to figure out how to repair massive sinkholes that opened up on Monday — one in front of Mount Hood Community College in Gresham and another on Highway 22 in Yamhill County.

The flooded park was just down the river from the area where seven people in a riverbank homeless camp were swept into the water and later rescued. 12:03 p.m.: Landslides and flooding continue to affect state highways, particularly along the coast. Transportation officials are urging motorists to use extreme caution throughout northwestern Oregon, and to be prepared for pooled water and lane closures. Sound Transit officials in Seattle said their Northline commuter trains would remain out of operation Thursday due to extremely high soil saturation levels. Though U.S. 26 remains open between Portland and the coast, traveling between coastal towns could prove challenging, particularly in Tillamook County. Spokeswoman Summer Derrey says crews are waiting for safe conditions Wednesday before going in to assess the damage and determine how to make repairs.

Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long said the city of Wheeler also plans to declare an emergency. 10:27 a.m.: Oregon 47 is only open to emergency vehicles between U.S. 26 and Vernonia because of high water from the flooding Nehalem River. Landslides appear to be mostly minor along the stretch of 47, but there are reports of flooded buildings in Vernonia, including an auto parts store. 10:23 a.m.: Traffic on the St. By Wednesday morning, one lane was cleared in both directions, but one lane remained blocked each way. 9:49 a.m.: Estacada and Eagle Creek area residents are waiting while fire officials determine whether flooding will force evacuations. Several Washington state school districts are either closed or getting late starts Wednesday because of a rain and wind storm that is starting to subside.

The urban stream was higher than usual, but not flooding as it had earlier in the week, when the high water triggered evacuations. 8:50 a.m.: The MAX Orange Line is running again in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie. TriMet says to expect delays between 15 and 30 minutes on all MAX lines. 8:40 a.m.: The Wilson River at Tillamook crested Wednesday morning and is now falling.

Warren) A Columbia County Sheriff drives through a low point on the road while others line up to go through, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Portland, Or. Line 19-Woodstock/Glisan, Line 20-Burnside/Start, Line 32-Oatfield, Line 50-Cedar Mill, Line 55-Hamilton, Line 80-Kane/Troutdale Rd, Line 81-Kane/257th. Multnomah and Clackamas County are the hardest hit. 7:04 a.m.: Three Portland schools are opening two hours late because of power outages: Marysville School in Northeast Portland and Wilson High and Rieke Elementary schools in Southwest Portland. 6:57 a.m.: Woodard Park in Tigard remains underwater as Fanno Creek continues to crest well over its banks. Check our continually updating report before traveling. 5:54 a.m.: With widespread flooding continuing to hit Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, a number of schools, agencies and organizations are shutting down Wednesday. Areas that are experiencing flooding stretch from Astoria, Seaside and Tillamook on the north Oregon coast, to Battle Ground, Washougal, downtown Vancouver and Sandy.

Helens and Oregon City were also flooded and scoured by the heavy rain. 4:58 a.m.: Forest Grove firefighters rescued a driver stuck inside a car in flood waters around the Fern Hill wetlands early Wednesday morning, according to the department. Clinton Rockey, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Portland, says another 1 to 3 inches of rain could fall by the end of Wednesday in the Portland metropolitan area, with 3 to 5 more inches in Oregon coastal mountains and Cascade foothills.

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