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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Johnson Creek is predicted to flood this afternoon (1/19)

The following is from the Portland Bureau of Transportation:

Johnson Creek FloodingThe 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]

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

PublicAlerts.orgAt 11:00 a.m. on January 26, 2012, 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.