PORTLAND -- Heavy, steady rainfall Wednesday caused problems with standing water in some areas of Portland, as a new storm tooks hold.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation shared the following list of trouble spots Wednesday, warning drivers to avoid the areas if possible:

  • NE Halsey east of 57th Ave
  • NE Marine Drive at Kelly Point Park
  • NE Sandy Blvd east of 37th Ave
  • SE 33rd at Powell
  • SE 82nd at Foster
  • SE 122nd at Division
  • SE Milwaukie at Holgate
  • SW Market at Harbor Drive
  • Southbound I-5 ramp at the Convention Center
  • Southbound I-5 ramp at Harbor Drive

City spokeswoman Cheryl Kuck said residents can help out by clearing the catch basins near their homes and business, especially before and after a rainfall or snow and ice event.

We advise citizens not to try to remove the grate, only the debris on top of the grate. They can notify us at 503-823-1700 if assistance is needed at a particular location to unclog a catch basin, Kuck explained.

City stockpiles sand bags

Although city experts were not expecting flooding for Johnson Creek, Fanno Creek or other rivers and streams in Portland, Crews have stocked sand pile and sand bag locations for anyone who wants to use them for free at the following locations:

  • SE 88th Ave just south of Holgate Blvd in the parking lot at Lents Park
  • SE 111th Ave and Harold St at the southeast corner of the intersection
  • SW 42nd Ave and Vermont St in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park

Kuck said the city will also close flooded streets and set up detour routes if necessary. Motorists who ignore street closures and drive through barricades will face a $360 fine.

High wind danger

Kuck also warned that as the storm gains power and moves inland, additional problems may develop, due to high winds.

Wind gusts may bring fallen trees, branches, and power lines in streets and yards. Citizens are advised to notify the city of debris, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a road or sidewalk by calling 503-823-1700. Report a downed power line in the Portland area to PGE at 503-464-7777. Do not try to free power lines or remove tree limbs from lines by yourself, Kuck said.

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