Flood watch in effect as storms pass through Pacific NW
TILLAMOOK, Ore. (KATU) – Parts of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington are under a flood watch through late Sunday as rain storms continue to sweep across the region.
Several places set rainfall records for October 21, including Astoria (3.79 inches of rain), Portland (at 2.13 inches of rain), and McMinnville (nearly 1.5 inches of rain).
While much of the heaviest rain has moved through the Portland metro area, National Weather Service forecasters say that water levels in many local rivers are still on the rise. Areas prone to flooding could see road closures through the day.
One of the places seeing severe flooding is Tillamook County, where high water allowed the county sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit to send out boats on N. Main Street.
Flooding along the Wilson River has already closed parts of Highway 6 and 101 in Tillamook County. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation has detours in place around both of the closures.
Areas that are prone to flooding should be on the lookout for rising waters. Several local cities and counties have sand bag locations. Most locations have sand and bags, but ask that you bring your own shovel.
All the recent rain increases the chance of landslides and debris flows. Forecasters are most concerned about the burn scar areas of the Eagle Creek Fire, which are at the greatest risk of slides.