Heavy rain and snowmelt has caused widespread flooding across the region.
The good news is a Flood Warning for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington expired Tuesday afternoon. But 2 to 5 inches of rain has fallen over that area in the last 24 hours, the National Weather Service said.
Portions of Highway 30 in St. Helens and Scappoose were covered with water. Sky 8 showed most drivers ignored the water and drove through it.
Multnomah County closed NW Rocky Point Road between Highway 30 and NW Skyline Boulevard after a large crack was spotted in the pavement about a mile-and-a-half away from the highway. Officials are concerned about a possible slide.
The Gaston, Scappoose, Yamhill and Carlton school districts announced they were releasing students early to make it home around flooded roads.
Flooded road issues popped up in a number of locations in Washington County, listed via this tweet.
A flooding Rock Creek in Washington County flooded trails in Orenco Park Nature Park.
Rain came cascading into downtown Rainier, as captured by this video by GM Akehurst.
The mayor of Rainier, Jerry Cole, declared a state of emergency to secure all available funds to repair damage to the city with the flooding that began at 3 a.m. There was "extensive damage" public and private properties, he said in the declaration.
The northbound I-5 exit 30 ramp into Kalama was covered with water Tuesday and closed, reported Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.
Scappoose saw plenty of flooding on Tuesday after several small creeks overflowed. Homes and buildings were surrounded by water.
More helpful links:
- Radar: on.kgw.com/radar
- Weather-related closures: on.kgw.com/closures
- Weather alerts on.kgw.com/weatheralerts
- 7-day: on.kgw.com/7day
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