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City officials: Rain storm that slammed Portland area an 'extraordinary event'

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Heavy rains closed more than a dozen roads in Portland on Monday in what transportation officials called "an extraordinary event."

The sustained rain overnight and into Monday afternoon had crews working to clear standing water and flooded drains throughout the city.

Several landslides were also reported around the metro area.

At a press conference Monday, Portland Bureau of Transportation workers said some roads, including part of West Burnside, would remain closed through rush hour. An updated list of road closures in Portland can be found at this link, and throughout Multnomah County road closure information can be found here

While the rain slowed down as the day went on, crews said to expect more flooding in the days ahead. Staffing was expected to be up for city workers over the next several nights to respond to more flooding and landslides.

Johnson Creek, especially, was expected to pose problems. The creek was nearing record flows Monday and rose a foot and a half in just one hour between 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Bureau of Environmental Services recommended people avoid contact with Johnson Creek due to high pollution levels.

City workers said the most important thing people can do during storms like this is to clear debris from drains to prevent street flooding.

The National Weather Service reported that between 2 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday, Portland International Airport received 3.22 inches of rain, breaking the record for any 24-hour period in December.

The previous record for a day in December was 2.59" in 1977. 

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Alerts: School closures and delays
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