Weather Systems Threaten Oregon and SW Washington
The National Weather Service is calling for wet weather for this weekend and into next week as the result of two weather systems heading towards western Oregon and SW Washington. Many rivers are expected to be near or going over their banks as a result of these weather systems. This will potentially cause water over roads, trees to fall across roads, and slides to block roads. ThePortlander and emergency management teams from around the region encourage you to do the following:
- Do not drive into standing water over roads or streets – it is extremely dangerous!
- Have a 72 hour supply of water and food in case you become stranded at home.
- Watch for downed trees and power lines – remember never touch a downed power line!
- Check for road closures and other transportation issues.
- Clean out the water drains around your home including removing tree leaves from street drains.
- If you live in an area that has experienced flooding in the past keep aware of the conditions in your area so you can evacuate if the water gets high.
- Keep tuned to local weather stations on your TV or radio for updated information.
To stay on top of road conditions in Oregon, visit TripCheck.com. In Washington, navigate to wsdot.wa.gov. If a major emergency were to happen, the State of Oregon will post information on the Emergency Management page of Oregon.gov.