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Johnson Creek Predicted to Flood this Afternoon

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Press release below provided by the Portland Bureau of Transportation

The National Weather Service issued a warning for minor flooding of Johnson Creek today, 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 SW 122nd Avenue and between the creek and SW 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 ofHolgate Blvdin the parking lot at Lents Park,
  • SE 111th Avenue and SE Harold Streetat the southeast corner of the intersection, and
  • SW 42nd Avenue and SW Vermont Streetin 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 closeSE Foster Roadif 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.

The Bureau of Environmental Services advises the public to avoid contact with rivers, streams and flood waters. Continued heavy rainfall and the flooding of Johnson Creek could elevate bacteria levels in Portlan drivers and streams.

To report other flooded streets or intersections, call 503-823-1700. Emergency updates and information on street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service disruptions are available online at


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

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   January 19, 2012 


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NEWS RELEASE 01/19/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Extricates One Person From Vehicle Crash in SW Portland

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January 19, 2012

3:52 PM

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Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) extricated one male patient from a vehicle crash at SW Barbur Blvd and SW Hillsdale Road just after noon today. He was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighters from PF&R’s Station 5 (Hillsdale) and Station 4 (Portland State University) were dispatched to a two vehicle rollover crash at 12:53 pm.

When firefighters arrived on-scene, they quickly worked to ensure the scene was safe and then determine the number of patients and the severity of their injuries. They found one male patient who had been ejected from a late model Datson 280 Z lying in road and another male who was trapped in the vehicle.

Portland fire crews used extrication tools to free the male passenger. Firefighters treated both injured patients and stabilized the vehicle so it didn’t pose a hazard to the patient or the firefighters working around the vehicle.

Both males who were in the Datson were transported to local hospitals. The driver of the other car which hit the Datson head on was also transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

PF&R dispatched multiple fire units to the scene in order to quickly and efficiently care for the injured and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Heavy rain in the past few days has resulted in standing water on roads and highways. Portland Fire & Rescue crews have responded to several crashes in which standing water may have been to blame.

  Portland Fire & Rescue

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 19, 2012

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NEWS RELEASE 01/20/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Launch Aggressive Search for Missing Person in SE Portland House Fire

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January 20, 2012

2:24 PM


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Portland firefighters were dispatched at 12:14 pm today to a residential fire at8930 SE Rural Street. The first arriving crews reported smoke and fire showing from the basement of the two and a half story home.

Fire crews from Portland Station 11(Lents), 25 (Woodstock), and 29 (Powellhurst) arrived on-scene and quickly advanced hoselines through the front door of the home through a stairway into the basement. Crews encountered moderate heat and smoke.  During this time, crews were informed that there was a possible missing person inside the home and they began an aggressive search of the basement and first and second floors of the home.

During the search, firefighters determined that the fire had extended through the outside basement wall into the first and second floors.  Working together, Truck crews opened up the interior and exterior walls and ventilated the roof to allow the trapped smoke to exit.  This also provided firefighters with better visibility inside the home as they conducted their search and rescue efforts.

The owner of the home arrived and was convinced that her son was still inside the home, possibly in the basement. Firefighters continued searching the home without locating any trapped victims. Portland Fire Incident Commander Dan Buckner encouraged the mother to contact her son by cell phone, and she later confirmed that her son was safety away from the home.

Firefighters from Clackamas Fire Engine 5 arrived on-scene and were designated by Incident Commander Buckner as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT), or the team of firefighters that are dedicated solely to search and rescue of other firefighters in distress.

An additional Portland truck and engine from Station 7 (Mill Park) were requested to the scene to bring further resources and expertise.

The fire is currently under investigation and there is extensive fire damage to all stories of the home.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds citizens that fire and smoke can race through your home in seconds.  Each year more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires that could have been prevented.  To keep that from happening and know what to do if it does, make sure you have a working smoke alarm, have a home escape plan and practice it, and consider a residential sprinkler system.

  Portland Fire & Rescue

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  January 20, 2012

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Portland to launch first citywide test of the community notification system January 26th

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On January 26th , the anniversary of our region’s last great earthquake, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) -  in partnership with Multnomah County- will initiate the first-ever, citywide test of Portland’s community notification system. This relatively new system has been used successfully in real, small-scale emergencies. But it has never been stress-tested on a large scale.  During this citywide test, PBEM will attempt to send a single message via landline phone, cell phone, text, and email to a maximum number of Portlanders in the shortest amount of time possible. “We want this test to expose any weaknesses in the system,” said PBEM Director Carmen Merlo.

Greater participation in the test will ensure a larger sample group and help PBEM gauge the system’s functionality. Merlo encourages Portlanders to register for this and all future notifications by signing up at Personal contact information provided during registration is kept private and used only for the purpose of sending geographically tailored emergency messages. During the January 26th test, residents will be notified only if the contact information provided corresponds with a Portland mailing address.

It bears reminding, our region could experience a magnitude 9.0 or greater Cascadia subduction zone earthquake at any moment. The last one occurred January 26, 1700. Scientists say we are in the average window of time during which these massive, destructive earthquakes occur. The community notification system may serve as an invaluable communication tool during this and other kinds of emergencies.

What: Citywide test of Portland community notification system

When: 11:00 a.m. until completion of task

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  January 24, 2012

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PF&R Incident Statistics: January 15 - 21, 2012

Incident Statistics: 

Total Incidents: 1,378

Medical: 993

Fire: 42

Other: 343

Major Incidents: 2

  • 01/18/12@ 0039 hrs, Apartment Fire, 2800 Block of SE 87th Ave.  Loss: $11,000 Cause: Cooking fire, overheated oil.  Two civilians transported to area hospital.
  • 01/20/12@ 1213 hrs, Residential Fire, 8900 Block of SE RuralSt.Loss: $13,000 Cause: Under Investigation


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 24, 2012 


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