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Heavy rain floods Beaverton homes, Winterhawks practice facility

Posted: Updated: June 26, 2014 10:28 AM

Heavy rain pounded parts of the metro area flooding some area homes and businesses, including the Portland Winterhawks Skating Center.

The rain came down at a rate of around one to two inches an hour in some spots.

Photos: Heavy rain slams the metro area

Video taken inside the rink when the rain started coming down shows water pouring through one of the exit doors. Staff said the water was over five feet high outside the doors.

Ice rink crews had a Zamboni out to try and save the ice, but it was coming in too fast. Even the office areas had several inches of water pour in, destroying the carpets and rubber floor mats.

This rink is used every day, all day by hundreds of young hockey players. It is currently the off-season facility for the Winterhawks hockey team who uses the rink as their practice site.

"It looked like it got up to above five and a half feet back there and it just overwhelmed everything and it came through the doors. Obviously, the mess here and the biggest thing is we weren't able to save the ice this time," Portland Winterhawks Skating Center General Manager Ben Stadey said.

Stadey said they will need to repair the damaged ice, and are hoping to reopen the skating rink on July 7.

Some area homes off of Jamieson Court were also hit very hard. Right behind those homes is a tributary of Beaverton Creek, neighbors said.

The drainage pipe for that creek clogged up and it quickly flooded the yards and basements of nearly everyone in the cul-de-sac.

Ed Chivers said flooding happens at his house nearly every year, but it is never this bad. He said he was at the grocery store, saw the heavy rain and knew it was going to be trouble.

"I didn't think it was going to be this bad. I thought maybe knee high in the basement. I didn't think it would be above my waist. Everything was floating, ruined," Chivers said.

There was a two-week-old baby sleeping in the basement of Chivers' house, but thankfully, they were able to get the baby out of the crib before the waters rose.

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