Heavy rain & leaves clog Portland streets

Heavy rain & leaves clog Portland streets

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by Rod Hill, KGW Staff

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Posted on October 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 8:21 PM

PORTLAND -- Days of heavy rain, and soggy falling leaves have created large ponds of water in some Portland streets.

KGW meteorologist Rod Hill and a photographer drove around the city and easily found several intersections that were a foot or more underwater. 

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Officials with the city of Portland said crews have been busy chasing clogged storm drains but they also need Portlanders to help unclog the messes whenever possible.  Storm drains number 58,000 in the city and many will likely need to be cleared time and again as fall leaves continue to fall. 

Crews responded early Tuesday morning to a sewer line that also got clogged up by debris near SW Barbur Boulevard and SW Barbur Court.  The line was cleared but an estimated 875 gallons of sewage is believed to have overflowed into Tryon Creek.  Health officials warned that the public should avoid contact with the creek water through Wednesday night, due to possible bacteria.

Elsewhere,  Johnson Creek was running fast and muddy but likely won't rise above five feet.  The flood stage for Johnson Creek is 11 feet.

  The forecast calls for more rain, heavy at times, through Halloween. PDX will likely end October with more than 6.00 inches of precipitation.  Normal rainfall is 3.00 inches.

A Flood Watch was in effect through Wednesday afternoon for streams running out of the Coast Range.  Valley streams and rivers will remain below flood stage.

More: Heavy NW rain prompts landslide alerts

  The wettest October was recorded back in 1994 with 8.41 inches of rain.

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