Flooding and High Wind Alerts in Oregon and Washington State


Flood warnings and high wind advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for Dec. 7, 2015. According to The Weather Channel, the advisories are for Northwestern (NW) Oregon and Southwestern (SW) Washington.

Flood Warning For Urban Areas and Small Streams

The flood warning is in effect until Dec. 7, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. PST for the following counties:

  • NW Ore., Eastern Polk County
  • NW Ore., Western Clackamas County
  • NW Ore., Western Multnomah County
  • NW Ore., Yamhill County
  • NW Ore., Washington County
  • NW Ore., Columbia County
  • NW Ore., Marion County
  • SW Wash., Clark County
  • SW Wash., Cowlitz

The National Weather Service alerts people in these areas to take precautionary measures and be prepared. The excess runoff from the heavy rainfall can cause ponding of water in urban areas and on highways. Streets and underpasses may experience the same pooling of water. Areas with poor drainage and low-lying spots will also likely experience pooling.

Do not attempt to travel on flooded roads. Find alternative routes. Follow all warning signs. Only a few inches of swiftly flowing water could carry vehicles away. Moreover, the deep waters could cause damage to a vehicle’s undercarriage and exhaust system as well. Water can also create slippery driving conditions in places where the water is not deep.

Wind Advisory 20-30 mph With Gusts Up to 40 mph

The wind advisory is in effect until Dec. 7, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. PST, and is predicting winds coming from the south in NW Ore. and SW Wash.

In Oregon:

  • Albany
  • Corvallis
  • Eugene
  • Gresham
  • Hillsboro
  • Lebanon
  • McMinnville
  • Oregon City
  • Portland
  • Salem
  • Springfield

In Washington:

  • Battle Ground
  • Vancouver
  • Washougal

The National Weather Service advises motorists in high-profile vehicles, such as campers, motorhomes, semi-trucks with trailers, and any other large vehicle affected by high winds, to use caution when traveling across exposed bridges and overpasses.

Power outages are possible due to downed electrical lines. Do not touch a downed electrical line. Call local emergency services to enable them to secure the area and protect the public.

Downed trees and limbs are possible. When traveling, be on alert for blocked or damaged roadways from fallen trees.

Other Weather Alerts In the Region

  • River Flood Warning until Dec. 9, 2015, at 9:11 p.m. for Johnson Creek near the Sycamore area in Beaverton. At 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2015, the river level was 12.9 feet and flowing at 1550 cubic feet per second (CFS). The forecast is that by early this afternoon, the river will rise to 14.4 feet. This will cause extensive flooding of commercial and residential areas near Johnson Creek.
  • River Flood Warning until Dec. 10, 2015, at 9:21 p.m. for the Tualatin River near Dilley¬†area, which is near Forest Grove. Water¬†is predicted to rise above the flood level at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2015, and rise to 18 feet by 10 p.m. the same day.

Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to update the alerts when changes occur.

By Cathy Milne

The Weather Channel: Severe Weather Alert
Featured Image Courtesy of Matt Kern’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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