It’s a wet Thanksgiving Day, Portlanders

Flood warnings have been issued in several Oregon counties

Portlanders out in the rain on Thanksgiving, November 24, 2016. (KOIN)
Portlanders out in the rain on Thanksgiving, November 24, 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Holiday traveling might be a little complicated this Thanksgiving weekend due to snow through the mountain passes and wet roads.

“Getting over the river and through the woods may be a little trickier than normal these days,” Don Hamilton with ODOT said.

NWS warnings

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a flood advisory for several counties, including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion and Yamhill Counties.

Some areas are already seeing flooding. In Washington County, a number of roads were closed due to flooding and high water.

TriMet is also using caution for travelers due to weather. Between the Interstate/Rose Quarter and Albina/Mississippi MAX stations, trains will be operating at walking speeds. Orange and yellow lines are experiencing delays, TriMet said.

With lots of rain in the forecast, Portland also has sandbagging locations open to help fight against potential flooding.

“My turkey’s in the oven, I had nothing else to do so I come down and get sand,” D.D. Stewart said.

There is also the risk of landslides. The state is warning drivers to be on the lookout.

The Astoria Police Department reported a landslide on Hwy 30 at Bradley Hill. The eastbound lane is blocked and drivers were asked to avoid the area.

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“The combination of high wind and a lot of water and gravity means that there are going to be slides,” Hamilton said. “Keep an eye open for an unexpected flow of water, keep an eye open for a dribble of debris that’s coming close to the road.”

Heavy rain caused a sink hole near Greenway and SW Talbert on November 24, 2016. (KOIN)
Heavy rain caused a sink hole near Greenway and SW Talbert on November 24, 2016. (KOIN)

Heavy rain slowed down traffic on the freeways and closed roads all over Oregon.

“People really need to be especially careful right now,” Hamilton said. “We all need to look out for each other. Slow down, be careful. The roads can be dangerous in these kinds of condition.”

Portland police saved drivers from a sinkhole near Greenway and SE Talbert.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s tips for rainy weather:

  • Clear your storm drains: Before, during and after a storm. Put leaves in green yard debris bin. Dispose of litter.
  • Don’t lift the grate on a storm drain. If the drain is blocked underground, call PBOT dispatch at 503-823-1700.
  • If a tree falls into a bike lane or travel lane, clear it if you can safely. First, look for power lines, and if you see them, don’t touch them and call 911 immediately. If you can clear small limbs from the street, call dispatch the next day, so the city can inspect trees for damage. For large limbs, call dispatch and don’t attempt to clear.
  • Use caution when driving. Use headlights, slow down, and look out for people biking and walking.