Oregon's winter weather is no secret to most Americans. There is rain, so much rain... And today, Oregon's renown precipitation is really wreaking havoc! Today, McMinnville, Amity, Dayton, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamina and Gaston were among the first to close schools. Road closures this morning began with a portion of Highway 18, Highway 99W, and Highway 47 north of Yamhill among others.
Whats more, the McMinnville Fire Department started a sandbag station at 1900 NE Riverside Dr. Sheridan also opened a sandbag filling station today at 2pm. Find a list of Clackamas County sandbag stations here.
In Portland, flooding is causing MAX delays as well as localized landslides. Clackamas County opened its Emergency Operations Center as well to field questions (503-655-8224).
As rain is forecast to continue throughout the week, residents are advised not to drive or enter any flooded area. Please be careful out there and drive safely!
Flood watch will remain effective through Wednesday afternoon with areas in the valley forecast to receive three to five inches of rain while parts of the Cascades are forecast to receive up to twelve inches.