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Flooding Expected in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington

December 7, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. It runs through Wednesday.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries is also warning people to look out for landslides. Heavy rain is a trigger and depending on the terrain, landslides can quickly travel up to a mile.

Lou Torres with the Oregon Department of Transportation also says drivers need to look out for standing water on the roadways. “People are really going to have to pay attention to the driving conditions out there. Really slowing down because especially when they get to the high water, they’re going to hydroplane. It could cause a lot of other issues as well," he said. "So lowering their speed really helps prepare to go through these areas." 

One example of flooding is Johnson Creek in Portland.

Water levels are about 9-feet high as of Monday morning. Flood stage is 11 feet. Evacuations happen at 12 feet and the forecast calls for almost 15 feet by Wednesday.

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