Dozens more e-scooters found at bottom of Willamette

Multnomah County

Divers expected to find only 30 e-scooters near the Hawthorne Bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been 2 months since e-scooters returned to Portland streets and dozens of the devices have already ended up at the bottom of the Willamette River.

Divers with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office started pulling e-scooters out of the river near the Hawthorne Bridge on Tuesday. Their efforts continued on Wednesday.

Officials found a total of 57 e-scooters and a couple of bicycles in that section of the river alone. They had expected to find around 30.

E-scooter batteries can corrode and leak into the water if left submerged for an extended period of time.

The e-scooter companies Lime and Bird have condemned the vandalism of their devices.

MCSO’s Dive Team fished out dozens of e-scooters and a few bicycles from the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, June 26, 2019. (KOIN)

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