Monday’s rain shatters 24-hour rainfall record for December in Portland

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Flooding Continues Around Oregon And Southwest Washington.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Heavy rains turned streets in the Portland area into creeks on Monday, interrupted bus and light rail service and forced the evacuation of at least one neighborhood. And we’re just getting started, forecasters say, as yet another in a strong series of storms is poised off the Oregon coast and setting it sights on northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.A chain of Pacific storms that began last week has caused heavy, sustained rainfall in western Oregon, creating major headaches in and around Portland. That’s going to translate into heavy rain again Tuesday night, and again Wednesday night into Thursday, with periods of gusting winds in between and river rising to or above flood stage.

Heavy rain is a trigger and depending on the terrain, landslides can quickly travel up to a mile. “People are really going to have to pay attention to the driving conditions out there. According to Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, heavy, sustained rainfalls have overflowed the city’s combined sewer system into the Willamette River Monday. Rocky said rain that fell at a rate of a half-inch an hour during the peak of the precipitation Monday morning but began to taper off at around 1:30 p.m. The parking lot at Multnomah Falls, a popular tourist stop in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland, was closed after a creek overflowed its banks.

Residents are being urged to clear debris from storm drains — “it’s the best thing you can do to prevent flooding,” said Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman City and county crews were busy working around the clock Monday, bracing for more rain, which could trigger more rockslides, mudslides and road closures in the Metro area. A section of road along Kane Drive near Mount Hood Community College was washed out by flooding, leaving a gaping hole, according to the Gresham Police Department. NWS San Francisco issued a coastal hazard warning Monday, stating that a large, long period westerly swell will impact coastal waters until early Tuesday.

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