Flood forecast downgraded, rainfall tapering

Region will be wet through Christmas Eve

US 101 (Oregon Coast Highway) is closed at Heceta Head because a retaining wall is weakened by an active slide, Dec. 20, 2014 (ODOT)
US 101 (Oregon Coast Highway) is closed at Heceta Head because a retaining wall is weakened by an active slide, Dec. 20, 2014 (ODOT)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The flood warning is canceled for some Oregon rivers and evacuation advisories in Clackamas County has been rescinded.

The National Weather Service said major flooding is no longer forecast for the Clackamas and Marys rivers. Rainfall is tapering off, and these rivers are going to crest lower than previously forecast. However, several rivers in NW Oregon and SW Washington remain above flood stage.

The flood warning is canceled for Wilson River near Tillamook affecting Tillamook County, and the Alsea River near Tidewater affecting Benton and Lincoln counties.

The Flood Warning continues for the Siletz River at Siletz and the Siuslaw River near Mapleton.

Just before noon, Clackamas County officicals said the evacuation orders and warnings were rescinded and the flood prediction downgraded. They continue to monitor the situation.

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A flood watch means there is the potential for flooding. A list of places to get sandbags is at the bottom of this article.

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Level 1: Be aware of the danger
Level 2: Get ready, there is significant danger
Level 3: Leave immediately

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               National Weather Service interactive map of predicted flood areas

The mild and very wet weather will continue over southwest Washington and northwest Oregon on Sunday, the National Weather Service said. As the rain tapers Sunday night and Monday, an upper ridge builds over the northeast Pacific and squeezes off the flow of moisture.

Several rivers have reached flood stage and the threat of flooding will continue through Sunday.

ODOT said US 101 — the Oregon Coast Highway — is closed indefinitely north of Heceta Head because a retaining wall in the area of an active slide is weakening. Northbound traffic will be diverted at Sea Lion Caves, and southbound traffic will be turned back near Heceta Head.

Sunday afternoon, ODOT closed OR 99E  in Oregon City between 2nd Street and South End Road because of a rockfall. Officials re-opened it late Sunday night and Canby transit will be working.

Check road closures and road updates on TripCheck.

The region will be wet at times through Christmas Eve.  Christmas looks mainly dry and chilly, with highs in the low 40s.

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These locations have sandbags available for local residents. All the sites are self-service – so bring your shovel.

Boring Fire District

1-Boring Fire Station
28655 SE Hwy 212 (Behind Station)

2-Damascus Fire Station
20100 SE Hwy 212

3-Eagle Creek Fire Station
32200 SE Judd Rd

Canby Public Works
or afterhours
1470 NE Territorial Rd., Canby

Clackamas Fire District #1 Station 4
503.742-2600
6600 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie

Gladstone

18595 Portland Avenue, Gladstone

Estacada Fire District
261 S.E. Fifth Avenue Estacada

Hoodland Fire District

Main Fire Station
Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego Skate Park
5520 Willow Lane (at entrance)
Lake Oswego Public Works – Operations Department

Molalla

After Hours:
Bohlander Field (across Clark Park Shirley and Cole) Molalla

Sandy Fire District

17460 Bruns Ave., Sandy

West Linn , press 0
West Linn Public Works 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4100 Norfolk St

1-Willamette Park
Playground/Picnic Area on 12thSt.
2-Behind the old Bolton Fire Station
6000 Failing St, just off Hwy 43, access is from Failing St.

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