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July heat wave continues, thousands flock to Portland-area waterways

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TROUTDALE, OR (KPTV) -

Temperatures across the Portland metro area jumped into the upper 90s Sunday, sending many people to the water to cool off.

At Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale, the parking lot was full by mid-day as many packed coolers, inflatables and life jackets down to the Sandy River.

A sign greeted those on the river bank for free life jackets at the AMR lifeguard stand.

"We see a lot of people out here on the river, a lot of people that can get into trouble if they are not wearing a life jacket," said Maddie Green with AMR River Rescue. 

Sunday morning, she fitted several kids with free loaner life jackets.

"We've got a bunch here, all sizes from infant to adult," Green said. "Wear a life jacket in open water. It is always better to be safe than sorry."

Up the hill in the park, things were also busy to get ice cream and cold drinks at the newly opened Sugarpine Drive-in. The business, which is inside a newly renovated 1920s gas station, opened Thursday.

"It is a great thing to have when it is hot outside," said manager Matthew Domingo. "We have sold probably 200 ice cream cones a day for the last for the last four days." 

Troutdale was not the only place that was busy.

Hundreds of people headed to the Clackamas River to float. The idea prompted congestion on the road, so much so Clackamas County deputies were helping to flag traffic near Barton and Carver.

For a time Sunday, they said Barton Park was at capacity and was closed to all vehicles and pedestrians.

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