Portland, Ore. — (KGW) The steady rain that began falling Sunday night is expected to continue through Thursday.
Crews in many communities on Monday closed side roads and highway ramps due to flooding. Authorities were offering sand bags to any area residents who need them.
“We’ll see several shots of long, steady, heavy rain on Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly even Thursday,” Hill said. “We might get a scattered shower break during tonight’s commute, but please be alert for changing weather conditions, high winds and high water.”
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill said to expect the biggest stretch of moisture we’ve had in more than a year.
The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for most of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington through Wednesday afternoon. The watch includes the greater Portland metro area, north and central Oregon coast, the central Willamette Valley, the central Columbia River Gorge, the north and central Coast Range, and the northern Oregon Cascades and Cascade foothills.
On Monday, Portland’s combined sewer system overflowed into the Willamette River and the Columbia Slough. Bureau of Environmental Services spokesman Linc Mann urged people to avoid coming into contact with the waterways.
Hill said the worst of the storm has not even hit yet. That will likely happen on Tuesday night and continue into Thursday, when the rainfall tally for the week has the potential to surge past 7 inches.
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