HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) – Heavy rain led to flooded roads in Hillsboro Monday evening.

“Just the skies opened up, it was like a monsoon out here," said driver Nora Harrison.

Hillsboro police are urging drivers to avoid Northeast Evergreen Parkway between Cornelius Pass Road and Northwest 185th Avenue, as well as Northeast Walker Road between Northeast Amberglen Parkway and Northwest 185th Avenue due to high water. 

Police say high water closed Northeast Evergreen Parkway between Northeast Stucki Avenue and Northeast 106th Avenue, but that stretch of roadway has since been reopened. 

Northeast Evergreen Parkway remained closed between John Olsen Avenue and Aloclek Drive. The closure is expected to last for several more hours. 

The roadway near Northeast Stucki Avenue and Northeast Cornell Road was also submerged, and at least three cars got stuck. 

Several nearby townhomes flooded too.

“It got all the way into the garage all the way front to back,” said resident Natalie Louthan. “I think we’re OK because most of our stuff was in some plastic tubs, so I think we’ll be OK.”

For everyone else, the Monday commute home became a struggle. 

“I had my husband, he was checking Accuweather and tracking the storm and trying to route, find a route for me to get home and I just said honey, let me just stay put until it clears,” Harrison said. “I always remember what they told us, don’t drive through if you can’t see to the bottom so I did stop.”

Police are reminding drivers if they encounter standing water, don’t drive through it. 

The National Weather Service also issued a reminder to drivers to turn around, don’t drown.

“If you can’t tell how deep the water is, don’t drive through it. The few minutes it takes to detour are worth it,” the agency said on Twitter.

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