Sunday scorcher sends hundreds to area rivers to cool off

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It was another Sunday scorcher across the Northwest as temperatures climbed into the upper 90s for most places.

In the Portland metro area was a rush to get to area lakes and rivers to cool off.

In Gladstone, many went to High Rocks. The park was filled with those jumping off the rocks and others just soaking up the sun along the river bank.

Further upstream of the Clackamas River at Barton Park, the parking lot was full by noon. Many were at the park to float the river to Carver.

“It’s so crazy seeing everyone come out,” river floater Amy Ngo said.

“Oregonians know how to have fun the come out on the river,” river floater Susanne Kreutz said.

Kreutz says she’s been coming to Barton Park and enjoying the river since 1971.

On Sunday, a line of cars was stopped to get into the park.

Barton Park on the Clackamas River is insane. This is the line of traffic to get into the full parking lots. pic.twitter.com/S6QG3UZQuu— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) July 29, 2018

“We’ve seen it busier, they’ve got a wedding and some other thing going on so it makes it a little more congested. I like that they have kind of controlled all the craziness,” Kreutz said.

With a few more hot days in the forecast, local first responders are continuing to remind people out on the river to make sure they have a life jacket with them.

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