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From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, (503) 742-5911

12-07-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County closes roads, opens public inquiry center to respond to wet weather inquiries

Update: For updated information about road closures, see our road closures page.

Clackamas County road crews have closed several roads and the county has established a public inquiry telephone line to assist with weather-related inquiries and concerns. As much as four inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours along the coast and another 2-3 inches are expected in the Cascades and the valleys. Another powerful rain event has been forecasted to arrive Tuesday into Wednesday that could produce an additional 2-4 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Clackamas County and surrounding counties until 6:15 pm today.

Clackamas County Emergency Operations Center has established a public inquiry line for anyone seeking assistance. The number is 503-655-8224. The phone lines will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday.

In addition, Clackamas County roads crews closed portions of the following roads due to high water concerns.

Holcomb Road between Redland Road and Apperson Boulevard has been closed because of a landslide. The Canby Ferry is closed until further notice.

Drivers are encouraged to use additional caution on the roads during this weather event. Drivers should avoid flooded areas. Cars can easily be disabled in a few inches of water.

In addition, the following parks in the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District are closed because of high water or flooding concerns.

The North Clackamas Aquatic Center is closed as of 4 p.m. All evening classes are cancelled.

Sandbags are available at sites around the county for any county resident to use. The list of sites can be found here. Residents living in incorporated areas of the county can call their public works department to determine whether there are additional resources.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water in urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots. To lessen the potential of street flooding, residents and property managers are encouraged to help clean the inlets and storm drains in front of your properties. Use a rake or pitchfork to clear leaves, limbs, and debris from the storm drain. Do not put your feet and hands into the storm drain because all kinds of debris collect there that could be dangerous. Do not try to remove the grate, only the debris on top of the grate.

More information about this storm and forecasted weather can be found at www.weather.gov/portland

For more information, media may call Tim Heider at (503) 742-5911 or theider@clackamas.us

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