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The National Weather Service forecast calls for rain and wind throughout today and this week. Portland Bureau of Transportation crews are responding to reports of street flooding and clogged catch basins all around the city. Crews are clearing catch basins, culverts, and trash racks of debris in response to recent rains and in preparation for more. Currently, no streets are closed due to high water, but motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to be extra careful. For information on street closures and highway road conditions and other service alerts, visit www.PublicAlerts.org.
Clearing Catch Basins on Residential Streets
The City of Portland advises residents that they can help reduce street flooding by clearing catch basins (grated storm drains) near their property. The following simple actions can help keep streets open and catch basins clear:
Safe Driving Tips
Do not go around barricades that close or restrict access to a street. Disobeying a barricade that has a street closure or other message sign on it is a Class B violation according to Oregon Vehicle Code and may result in a $360 fine. Driving around a barricade poses a serious health and safety threat, and the wake from your vehicle can cause public and private property damage and flood houses and businesses.
The information above was provided by Cheryl Kuck with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation.
March 29, 2010