PORTLAND -- Melting snow and the recent deluge of rain was causing hillsides to break free in many areas in and around Portland Tuesday, closing roads and even threatening some homes.

Ruth Williams woke up Tuesday to find a massive landslide behind her home. She said a panic attack would be a good description of how she felt. The 80-year-old homeowner said now, she just wants to move out of the home.

Lo and behold, there's nothing in front of the deck, she said, It was all blank, it was just total devastation. There was just nothing.

The slippage has been happening over the last several years, she said. A geologist will have to determine whether it's safe for her to remain. The home was not insured for slides.

Slides hit metro area

Debris tumbled onto several roads in the Portland Metro area Tuesday, causing some closures - including Germantown Road.

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In addition, many trees fell on power lines, causing widespread outages. In Clackamas County alone, more than 5,000 Portland General Electric customers reported losing power Tuesday morning.

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KGWMeteorologist Nick Allard said rain showers will likely continue through Sunday.

Another wave of moisture will move through starting on Wednesday, so look for more areas of showers will slightly cooler conditions. In fact the snow level will hover around 1,000' again. From there the showers should end Thursday night and we'll see a mainly dry Friday until the late afternoon when rain once again returns, he said.

The National Weather Service also issued a High Wind Watch for the Oregon Coast through Wednesday afternoon. Allard said wind gusts could reach 70 mph at the coast.

The strongest winds will reach the Oregon Coast Wednesday morning and slowly calm down to a regular windy day into the afternoon, Allard predicted.

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Officials with the Portland Bureau of Transportation were concerned about flooding Monday and spokeswoman Cheryl Kuck said there were several reports of standing water at intersections.

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Along with the warnings for Portland and Vancouver, the National Weather Service issued Flood Advisories and Wind Advisories for the Vancouver Metro Area, the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast.

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At 1,000 to 1,500 feet, expect at least a foot or two, and nearly three feet on high Cascades slopes. Whiteout blizzard conditions reached the mountains Monday.

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Winds in the Cascades will from the west and southwest from 40 to 50 mph, with gusts up to 70.


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