January 19, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Johnson Creek is predicted to flood this afternoon
PORTLAND,Ore.-- 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 SE 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 Avenuejust south ofHolgate Blvdin the parking lot atLentsPark,
-SE 111th AvenueandSE Harold Streetat the southeast corner of the intersection, and
-SW 42nd AvenueandSW 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 inPortlandrivers 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 www.publicalerts.org.