The following is from the Portland Bureau of Transportation:
The National Weather Service issued a warning for minor flooding of Johnson Creek today (1/19), predicting the creek to rise above flood stage mid-day and crest at 4 p.m. Minor flooding typically affects land along the creek from SE 92nd Avenue to SE 122nd Avenue and between the creek and SE Harold Street. Flood stage for the creek is 11 feet and today’s forecast says the creek may rise to 12.5 feet.
The general public is advised that this level of Johnson Creek may be high enough to impact not only streets and sidewalks, but buildings. The Portland Bureau of Transportation provides sand and sandbags available for the public to protect property from rising water at three locations:
- SE 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Blvd in the parking lot at Lents Park,
- SE 111th Avenue and SE Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection, and
- SW 42nd Avenue and SW Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park.
Sand and sandbags are provided to the public for free, however, shovels are not provided by the city.
Streets will be closed and travelers detoured if water presents a hazard on the roadway. Currently, barricades are positioned to close SE Foster Road if it floods. Motorists who ignore street closures and drive past barricades face a $360 fine. People who live and work on flooded streets that are closed are also subject to the fine if they drive past barricades. [more]