Record-setting rain, flooding, landslides in Oregon

Four small landslides near I-84 have already been reported

Heavy rains and flash floods downed trees and caused power outages in the Portland region, October 21, 2017 (KOIN)
Heavy rains and flash floods downed trees and caused power outages in the Portland region, October 21, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) —  A series of systems moved in Saturday, providing heavy rain and gusty winds along the Oregon coast and shattering records for most rain for the date.

Portland saw a new record amount of rain for October 21, passing the previous mark of 1.10 inches set 66 years ago, the National Weather Service said. In Astoria, they smashed a 35-year-old record by picking up 1.62 inches of rain.

As of 2:20 p.m. Sunday, about 3100 PGE customers are without power.

Portland Gas and Electric released a statement about the outages.

“Heavy wind and rain yesterday brought down trees and power lines across the northwest. We currently have several hundred isolated outages and many downed lines scattered across our service area. Because of that, restoration in some areas will likely extend into the night.
PGE crews and employees are working to clear debris and restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and will continue until all are restored. We appreciate your patience.”

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in the Eagle Creek burn area until 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Four small landslides have been reported between mile marker 25 and 35 on I-84. according to Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.

A high wind warning is in effect for the coast — including Tillamook, Cannon Beach and Astoria — through Sunday morning.

There are flash flood and flood watches in effect until Sunday and potential landslides as rain softens hillsides throughout the area.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries warned the public to avoid areas where landslides are possible.

Some areas are especially hazardous including canyon bottoms, stream channels, bases of steep hillsides and road cuts.

 

Strong winds could result in tree damage, downed limbs and power lines — potentially causing power outages. Those traveling should be cautious, especially people driving high-profile vehicles and trailers.

By the time the weekend wraps up, we’ll likely see a few inches of rain. But sunny skies and drier weather is expected early next week.

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An overnight landslide forced the closure of Washougal River Road near mile post 4 Friday morning — creating a potential problem as more rain is expected in the coming days.

Officials said the closure is also due to an unstable hillside and confirmed the section of Washougal River Road would remain closed through the weekend.

A rainfall record broke at the Portland Airport.

And so did Astoria.

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People use umbrellas during a rainy day in Portland, October 20, 2017 (KOIN)
People use umbrellas during a rainy day in Portland, October 20, 2017 (KOIN)