HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — Ed McGrath has lived in Hillsboro for 24 years and he said he’s “never seen it rain that hard that long” as it did Monday night.
Water started flooding at his back door very quickly. “Everything off the roof, just overflowing the gutters, just pouring down. As soon as I walked out, water was about 4 or 5 feet into my apartment.”
He wasn’t the only one on the bottom floor of his complex with a soggy surprise. He said every one of the apartments flooded.
The Westview High School soccer and football field in Beaverton rapidly flooded too. Storm water nearly seeped into the gym and closed the turf field this week for repairs.
Cars were totaled in the flooded streets after countless storm drains were clogged with leaves and debris.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is working on maintaining major drains and ditches to prepare for the rainy days ahead. But there are tens of thousands of drains throughout town.
“We really need the public’s help to help everyone get home safe by clearing the storm drain by your home or office,” PBOT’s Dylan Rivera said.