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PBOT prepares for flooding in Johnson Creek area

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from 7 p.m. Monday to early Tuesday morning.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation put up flood advisory signs in the area near Foster Road along Johnson Creek Monday night to prepare for a flood. 

PBOT said 11 feet is considered flood stage, and people should be cautious.

The city also set up three sand bag locations for people who need to block water from their homes. 

"No two floods are the same, they're always different," said Michael Cummings, a Johnson Creek resident.

Cummings went on to talk about how severe the floods in the area were more than 20 years ago.

"We used to take a raft down Foster Road. It was the only way we could get out," Cummings said. "We didn't have any oars so we used to use a broom!"

Cummings said the city has made some improvements and added flood storage areas to store the excess water during flood periods.

"When Johnson Creek hits flood stage and goes over bank this water will pond in here," Cummings said, referring to a flood storage area near his home. "It's kind of amazing, it'll drain out of here really very quickly."

The three sand bag locations are Southeast 88th Avenue south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park, Southeast 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection and Southwest 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park.

Environmental Services will be monitoring the creek levels on Tuesday.

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