Major winter rainstorms can cause unexpected floods in parts of Portland.
The Bureau of Environmental Services has important tips to help you and your family stay safe during extreme rains:
- Do not walk through flowing water. Currents can be deceptive – only six inches of flowing water can knock someone off their feet! If you have to walk through flowing water, use a pole or stick.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. It’s dangerous, and flooded waters can damage your vehicle.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Report any downed power lines to your power company.
- If you live or work in a floodplain, and know a flood is coming, shut off your gas and electricity.
Download the Bureau of Environmental Services’ multilingual flyer, How to Avoid the Flood, to learn more.