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PORTLAND A portion of Portland s popular Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade closed since May 31st due to high water problems, was re-opened on Monday, according to officials with Portland Parks and Recreation.

All the fences and blockades were taken down on Monday.

The gangway and floating dock had been closed to all cyclists, joggers and pedestrians as a safety precaution. Initially, the 1500-foot closure was expected to last about a week. Then it was extended indefinitely.

Background: Portion of Eastbank Esplanade closed

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Detours were in place to route people around the closure.

This marks the first time in the Esplanade s history that rising water has forced such a closure.

High water along the Willamette River and the Columbia River caused damage to riverside walkways. In addition, combined sewer overflow left an odor in some areas and potential health concerns.

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