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.