Cities prep for more flooding as rain continues

Feds will provide $2 million in aid to help repair damage

Nyberg Lane in Tualatin is closed from the flooding, Dec. 11, 2015 (KOIN)
Nyberg Lane in Tualatin is closed from the flooding, Dec. 11, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Throughout the states of Oregon and Washington, residents are simultaneously cleaning up from the storms earlier in the week and preparing for another round this weekend.

The city of Tualatin is preparing for localized flooding as the rain continues to fall.

Tillamook State Park is closed because of storm damage, Dec. 11, 2015 (Oregon State Parks)
Tillamook State Park is closed because of storm damage, Dec. 11, 2015 (Oregon State Parks)

Nyberg Lane is closed to traffic between 57th Avenue to 65th Avenue. According to the city, the Tualatin River is now more than 114 feet above sea level, which is higher than some places in the city, including the Valvoline and Roamer’s Rest parking lots. Those remain closed.

The Green and Blue city parking lots are also closed as city officials expected them to flood.

Flooding on Nyberg Lane, Dec. 11, 2015 (KOIN)
Flooding on Nyberg Lane, Dec. 11, 2015 (KOIN)

The city has also identified several areas of the city as potential problem spots, including SW Nyberg Road east of I-5, Tualatin-Sherwood Road between Martinazzi and Boones Ferry and SW Tualatin Road near Tualatin Community Park.

Late Friday night, Farmington Road near River Road near Hillsboro is underwater and at ‘major’ flood stage.

Near the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, the Pick n Pull scrapyard was also submerged.

In addition, many coastal and Willamette Valley state parks are closed because of storm damage. You can find a full list here.

In Rainier

A sinkhole in Rainier is affecting the back of a business, and co-owner Jewel Forrest told KOIN 6 News they don’t feel safe.

“There’s nothing we can do. We should probably close and move out of the building,” Forrest told KOIN 6 News. “We feel it’s unsafe. The sinkhole is definitely affecting the back of our building. We could fall in the hole any time, so I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Along the coast of Oregon and Washington

A ship at the Port of Newport, Dec. 11, 2015 (NEWPORT PD)
A ship at the Port of Newport, Dec. 11, 2015 (NEWPORT PD)

All ports along the Oregon and Washington coast are closed to all boat and ship traffic, according to the US Coast Guard, because of high waves and wind. The Depoe Bay harbor is overflowing into the parking lot after saves crashed over the sea wall.

There is good news in Estacada though, where an evacuation notice has been lifted for people living along the Clackamas River. Residents in Paradise Park and Twin Island Park were on notice to leave since Tuesday. The fire department says river levels have dropped enough to lift that notice.

Damage estimates, federal help

The federal government will provide $2 million in aid to help repair damage from this week’s potent storms in the Northwest.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the federal government is making $1 million available to Oregon to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the torrential rains that flooded the state this week.

The Federal Highway Administration on Friday said it’s also giving $1 million in emergency relief funds to Washington state, where flooding, landslides and erosion closed many roads.

The preliminary estimate of damage in Oregon, according to the federal government, is $15 million – including at least $5 million to state highways.

In Washington, preliminary damage estimates are pegged at $5 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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