Drivers beware: Crashes, falling trees, rockslides

Multnomah County

Heavy rains expected through at least Friday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As an atmospheric river blows through and hits the region with heavy rain and wind, drivers are getting plenty of reminders to stay cautious out on the roads.

Roads are slick as the downpour moves through the area. In Portland, we are seeing large puddles and pooling in many spots.

Various crashes have been reported up and down freeways around the Portland metro — including cars stalled in flood waters and one truck that lost its cargo on the SR-14 ramp to southbound I-205. Due to the crash, the left lane of the ramp from SR-14 is currently closed as crews work to clear the scene.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, a car stalled in several feet of standing water Friday morning near the corner of Southeast Powell Boulevard and 33rd Avenue. PF&R crews said they helped the driver and passengers wade to dry ground. There were no injuries.

On the Glenn Jackson Bridge, a major crash has closed the left lane of I-205 S near Airport Way causing traffic delays.

As of noon Friday, multiple traffic jams are clogging major highways in Vancouver. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s real-time traffic website, portions of I-205 S, I-5 S and SR 14 W are seeing heavy congestion.

Very few details are available on any of the current crashes, but KOIN 6 News will provide updates when information is released.

Steep hillsides are also at risk of mudslides and debris flows through the next 24-48 hours, especially in burn zones.

Multiple rockslides were reported on East Columbia River Highway between Larch Mountain Road and Multnomah Falls Thursday evening, according to Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. ODOT has been notified of the rockslides but has not provided an estimated time for removal, officials said.

Another rockslide was reported 10 miles south of Elkton on Friday morning. ODOT says about 7,000 cubic yards and debris slid into the roadway on Highway 138W.

Elkton to Sutherlin Highway is expected to remain closed until Tuesday, according to ODOT. Traffic will be directed to Bullock Road which runs parallel to the highway but on the opposite side of the Umpqua River.

Also on Friday morning, a landslide was reported out in Lincoln County. Authorities say the landslide was reported on Slick Rock Creek Road near milepost 0.5. The road is currently closed, but County Roads crews are out at the scene with utilities and Lincoln County Sheriff crews.

No injuries have been reported and no homes have been damaged at this time, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The Red Cross Cascades also warned drivers of flooded roads in the region.

Columbia River Gorge Forest Service announced that Multnomah Creek is flooded with water submerging the walkway from the I-84 parking lot to Multnomah Falls with access closed.

Eagle Creek trailhead access road is also closed from flooding, officials said.

Gaston Fire District officials said Gaston Road across from Brown Park is flooded.

Heavy rains are expected to continue through the remainder of the week causing highways and local roads to flood and increasing the chance for future landslides. A Flood Watch is in effect until Friday night.

Thursday evening, deputies also reported to a downed tree that crashed into a car on Mountaindale Road near North Plains, Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities said the driver sustained minor injuries.

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