Heavy rain causes landslides across region

PBOT handled its 42nd landslide of the season

Portland Fire & Rescue crews assess a landslide on W Burnside Street, March 15 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Several landslides impacted traffic in the Portland area Wednesday, including what the Portland Bureau of Transportation says is the 42nd of the season.

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A large landslide on West Burnside Road near Skyline Blvd. trapped a car with three people in it around 7 a.m. Passengers in the car told KOIN 6 News their car was buried up to its door handles but they managed to escape unharmed.

“We were just going and I was just looking off to the side and I saw a lot of ‘water’ and it ended up being land. I was like ‘landslide! Landslide! Landslide!'” said passenger Scott Luthe.

“I didn’t even see the landslide until he started shouting. I just saw the tree coming down in front of us,” driver Jason Baughman said.

Portland Fire & Rescue said the slide is between 5-10 feet high and about 150 by 75 feet wide.

Crews were on the scene throughout Wednesday investigating and working to clear the debris.

Portland Fire and Rescue said nearby graves were not compromised. West Burnside will be closed between Skyline and Barnes Road through Wednesday night.

Two other landslides were reported Wednesday morning. NW Cornell is closed between the first tunnel and Skyline Blvd due to three areas with debris in the road. NW Thompson is closed at NW Pinnacle due to debris in the road.

A large tree fell across 2 lanes on I-5 NB near Woodland, Washington on March 15, 2017. (WSDOT)
A large tree fell across 2 lanes on I-5 NB near Woodland, Washington on March 15, 2017. (WSDOT)

According to PBOT, another landslide at NW Abermarle Terrace is the 42nd landslide of the season.

Near Woodland, Washington, a landslide has 2 northbound lanes of I-5 closed. A large tree is down and blocking the road north of Dike Access Road.

Crews were on the scene trying to clear the 60-foot tree off the road, but the lanes will remain closed.