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Travel Advisory: PBOT advises the public of potential for snow across Portland, possible flooding along Johnson Creek

Child at sand bag location

A PBOT sandbag site at SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street. The bureau has three sandbag locations across the city, available at no charge, to help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency.

(Feb. 11, 2019) The National Weather Service has notified the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) of the potential for accumulating snow of a trace or up to 2 inches at low elevation areas, beginning after midnight tonight through 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Areas at 500 feet or higher have the highest chance of snow and could have greater accumulation. Conditions will likely vary across the city.

If conditions do not produce snow, they could instead generate heavy rainfall that produces street flooding and potentially impacting the Johnson Creek area near Foster Road in Southeast Portland.

More winter weather, with the possibility of additional snow accumulation, is expected later this week.

PBOT advises the public to be aware of forecasts, use caution, delay your travel to avoid traveling during forecast snow or ice. Consider public transit, and check and for service alerts before you go.

There is potential for flooding near Johnson Creek to impact travel on Johnson Creek Blvd. and Foster Road overnight tonight through Tuesday morning.

The City of Portland continues to monitor the forecast and flood gauges. While we expect minor street flooding because of heavy rain in the area, we do not expect streets to be flooded by the creek. Flooding could affect some low-lying areas along the creek where homeless individuals camp and some private properties in the area.

The Sycamore Gauge on Johnson Creek near 152nd Avenue and Foster Road reached 5.5 feet, as of about noon today. When the guage reaches 11 feet it is considered flood stage, when the creek overtops its banks in some places.

As of Monday afternoon, the gauge is forecast to reach anywhere from 10 feet to more than 11 feet on Tuesday morning, and recede quickly. The flooding threat is expected to be reduced within a few hours. Monitor the website for the guage for the latest forecast:

The bureaus of Transportation (PBOT), Parks & Recreation, Emergency Management (PBEM), Environmental Services (BES) and the Portland-Multnomah County Joint Office on Homelessness are working together, with support from 211info, to warn residents, businesses and property owners along Johnson Creek that of the potential for flooding overnight.

Today, as a precaution, Portland Parks & Recreation park rangers joined area social service providers to do outreach. Rangers and social service staff contacted people experiencing homelessness - near areas along Johnson Creek that are likely to flood – and issued warnings about the potential dangers of tonight’s rain and possible flooding.

The Joint Office of Homeless Services is working with shelter providers to identify available shelter beds for individuals displaced due to the flooding. Individuals seeking additional information about the flooding risk and available shelter should call 211info. (Dial 2-1-1 or visit the website,


Sandbag locations are stocked and ready

To help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency, sand and sandbags are available at no charge to anyone who wants to use them to protect their property from flood damage. PBOT crews keep the sites stocked with sand and sand bags. No shovels are provided, so the public must bring their own. 

Sandbag locations are:

  • SE 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park. Enter parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and follow one-way traffic to the sand pile at the exit on the east side of SE 88th;
  • SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection; and
  • SW 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park; enter Gabriel Park from Vermont.


In the event that streets are closed, PBOT asks the traveling public to obey all road closed signs. Do not move them or drive around them. The roads have been closed because of hazardous conditions. If drivers ignore the signs, they are potentially putting themselves, other travelers and PBOT crews at risk.

To report downed trees or street flooding that are causing a hazard and covering a travel lane, call PBOT's maintenance dispatch at 503-823-1700.


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