PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cities, schools and residents are preparing for the storm brewing Thursday around Oregon.
The storm brought heavy rain and winds to the Thursday afternoon commute and that will carry into the weekend. It could turn even worse on Saturday, when high winds could bring destruction.
Most schools in the state are closed on Friday for an in-service day, pushing many events such as football games to Thursday night. School officials tell KOIN 6 that games are on schedule unless the weather becomes too severe.
Milwaukie High School’s homecoming parade will carry on.
“We have all backup plans ready for the kids to be inside cars and stuff and moving too and so we are ready for the parade as well,” K.T. Emerson, the Athletic Director at Milwaukie High School says.
High school football games across the metro area battled their opponents and the weather Thursday night.
Two big, top-10 matchup games at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro were affected by rain — Aloha v Century and Central Catholic v Oregon City. While the games went on as planned, the stands were all but empty.
Blake Rose came to watch his son play football and says weather is just part of the game.
“I think it is affect them,” Rose said. “It’s wet out there. It’s slick out there. It’s hard to hold on to the ball. You know, still a good game though. Lots of sportsmanship out there.”
Officials want remind residents to clear storm drains of any leaves that may clog and causing flooding.
Portland Parks and Recreation has closed fields through Sunday, October 16 due to safety concerns. The rain can cause standing water, mud and slippery ground.
Artificial turf fields, which are meant for all weather, will remain open.
Wind and rain likely contributed to a tree that went down over a power line. The power outage delayed the MAX blue line Thursday night. TriMet says shuttle buses would serve stations between Hatfield and Merlo Road in Hillsboro.
The MAX was out of service for over an hour before passengers were evacuated from the train and finally able to move on from that location. By 11 p.m. things were back up and running.
Sandbag locations have opened around the metro area as well.
In Clark County the sand pile went quickly as families came to prepare for rainfall. Operations superintendent Brian Potter told KOIN there will be at least 3 extra people on staff and 20 others on call as part of a “storm weather crew” to clear clogged drains and close roadways as needed.
Sandbag locations (will be updated as more locations are added)
Fire District 1, Station 4 – 6600 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie
Fire District 1, Station 14 — 28655 SE Hwy 212, Boring
Fire District 1, Station 18 – 32200 Judd Road off Hwy 21, Eagle Creek
Lake Oswego: Hazelia Field, 17800 Stafford Rd (parking lot).
Camas: Old Grass Valley Fire Station located at 4010 NW Astor Street.
Hillsboro: NE Veterans Dr & NE 28th Ave. This is a self-serve filling station.
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