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Heavy rainfall causes localized flooding around Portland metro area

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Streets in the Pearl District of NW Portland covered in water (Photo: Daniel Purvis/Facebook) Streets in the Pearl District of NW Portland covered in water (Photo: Daniel Purvis/Facebook)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Large amounts of rainfall Monday morning led to localized flooding that prompted multiple delays and closures in the Portland area.

Several storms are expected to hit the Northwest in the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the surrounding area that will be in effect until Wednesday.

The National Weather Service also reported that major flooding was expected on Johnson Creek with a forecasted crest of 14.4 feet Monday afternoon. 

Traffic was extremely slow going with some delays reaching up to 90 minutes throughout the metro area Monday.

Officials in Vancouver closed Southeast Mill Plain from 172nd Ave to approximately 192nd Avenue due to high water on the roadway. The storm closed roads throughout Portland, including Southeast Powell Boulevard at 21st Avenue, Southeast 2nd Avenue from Washington to Water Avenue, and a landslide shut down Southeast Foster Road at 155th Avenue, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. 

Corbett Hill Road was shut down in the Gorge between Interstate 84 and the Historic Columbia River Highway due to a landslide Monday morning. 

Lake Oswego Fire shared video on Twitter of three vehicles that got stranded in high water on Fielding Road. Emergency crews were able to safely get everyone out of the vehicles.

TriMet tweeted that the Blue and Red MAX lines were briefly disrupted due to high water levels near Kings Hill. Regular operations have resumed but commuters should expect delays.

The Oregon Zoo closed for the day Monday due to flooded pathways.

Among the school closures in the area, all Mt. Hood Community College campuses closed at 3 p.m. Monday and classes were canceled at the college on Tuesday. 

Flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for multiple rivers including the Upper Tualatin, Trask, Siletz, Wilson, Nehalem rivers.

Officials said Monday morning that no major flooding was expected for the Willamette River system. However, the Bureau of Environmental Services said the Portland combined system was overflowing into the Willamette River due to heavy sustained rain.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reported Monday morning that numerous state highways in Clatsop, Tillamook, Marion, Yamhill and western Washington counties have areas of standing high water because of the heavy rainfall.

Some of these areas include Highway 217 at Allen Boulevard; the intersection of Highway 6, the Wilson River Highway, and Highway 47; Highway 101 just south of Seaside; Highway 18 in McMinnville; the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 153; and Highway 101 in Tillamook.  

ODOT said Monday afternoon that it is closing Southwest Hall Boulevard in Tigard from Burnham to McDonald because of flooding from Fanno Creek. There is no current estimated time for the road to reopen.

The Milwaukie area also experienced severe flooding in the areas of Mount Scott Creek and Kellogg Creek. 

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