Grab a sandbag: Heavy rains coming to Portland metro


Emergency officials say residents should be ready to evacuate in the case of a flood warning

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — The rain is coming and sandbags are being filled throughout the metro.

There are a number of sandbag locations in the Portland area, including one at the Clackamas Fire Station District 4 in Milwaukie. Emergency officials stress this is the time you need to be assessing your flood risk.

As usual, officials are looking at the low lying areas such as Johnson Creek, Scott Creek and Kellogg Creek. CERT — the Community Emergency Response Team — volunteers were out to show people how to properly fill a sandbag.

The proper way: fill it about halfway, tie it off and stack it in an offset pattern.

“We have sand, sandbags, available shovels — so people can come out and help themselves,” said Emergency Manager Gregg Ramirez.

People like Taylor Martello have been coming year after year to fill up on sandbags. He owns property in a low-lying area and told KOIN 6 News on Thursday he was preparing for potential flooding.

“We live by Kellogg Creek, it’s got a steep driveway so it collects the road’s rainwater,” said Martello, who filled about a dozen bags. “Might as well get some, they are free.”

Aside from loading up on sandbags, officials want residents to have a plan in case the waters do rise.

“They need to continue to monitor the weather, particularly if they know their neighborhood floods,” said Ramirez. “If it turns from flood watch to a flood warning, they need to take steps to evacuate.”

Sandbag locations in the Portland metro area:

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