Portland-area weather: Widespread flooding, woman killed as storms continue …

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Northwest Oregon pummeled by rain as forecast calls for more storms.

Dec. 7, 2015: Pouring rain and clogged storm drains caused flooding in the streets near the corner of SE 12th and Hawthorne in Portland, Ore. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP) PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon and the rain are synonymous — but the downpours that have caused flooding, landslides and evacuations in the state this week are getting to be too much even for the Pacific Northwest.

Residents in the Portland area and throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington were pummeled by a second barrage of heavy rains on Tuesday, as rain continued to soak already saturated ground, bringing some area creeks and rivers to flood stage. Officials predicted that residents could face a repeat of Monday’s scenario: streets turned into creeks, flooding near rivers and streams, landslides and delays in traffic and mass transit. Officials were also trying to figure out how to repair massive sinkholes that had opened up on Monday — one in front of Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, a Portland suburb, and another on Highway 22 in Yamhill County. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department also issued a beach safety alert on Tuesday for coast visitors, as strong winds and extremely high waves are in the forecast. A high wind warning remains in effect until early Wednesday morning, with gusts on beaches and headlands potentially reaching up to 70 mph, the National Weather Service reports.

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