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Sudden Salem downpour turns cul-de-sacs into lakes

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The Central Willamette Valley took the brunt of a late-summer storm while the Portland metro area managed to avoid thunder and lightning Thursday evening.

Some drivers heading down the freeway near Salem were caught off guard by a sudden downpour around rush hour.

About 20 miles south of Salem, drivers in the town of Jefferson were forced to plow through puddles in the streets as the rain came down.

"My son came upstairs and said, 'You might want to move the van," and I said, 'Why?' And I came downstairs and saw the lake!" said Cheri Allen, whose street was flooded.

In one Salem neighborhood, a family created a makeshift boat ride through a flooded cul de sac after the storm. They said the water rose up over the sidewalk and poured into their front yard.

"I haven't seen a street flood like this," said Raymond Alderin, whose street was flooded. "This was kind of impressive."

There were no reports of significant damage caused by the storm.

The water in most areas did not rise high enough to flood any homes.

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