County Road Flood Update

Release date: 04/01/2012
Sponsored by: Department of Land Use & Transportation , Division

We continue to experience high water on some county roads. As of Sunday, April 1, Fern Hill Road between Geiger and Taylor and Susbauer Road between Long and Hornecker remain closed.

The water level has dropped just below minor flood stage at the Tualatin River near Dilley but is forecast to rise close to minor flood stage at Farmington Road, near River Road during the evening hours, Monday, April 2.  Water levels will taper off as we move further into the week.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. If you need to provide high water protection for your home, many public agencies in Washington County have free sand and sandbags available. All sites are self-service - bring your own shovel. Filling sandbags properly is a two-person job.

Heavy rain also brings driving problems – isolated street flooding, limited visibility, reduced tire traction and less predictable car handling. Driving too fast in wet conditions can mean losing control of the car, and water can cause loss of function to your vehicle’s brakes and power steering. Slow down and increase following distance on wet roads.

Motorists are advised not to move or drive around barricades. Never drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway. Even a foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads, make the smart choice: turn around...don't drown.

If a traffic signal is not functioning, treat the intersection as an all-way stop. The driver who stops first goes first.

Crews will repair weather-related damage as soon as possible. But in the meantime, motorists are advised to slow down and watch out for unexpected storm-related conditions.

To request help or report a road hazard:

  • Life-threatening - emergency response - call 9-1-1
  • Report a road hazard - after hours - nonemergency response - 503-629-0111
  • Report a road hazard - during business hours - 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or wc-roads@co.washington.or.us
  • Request road service
  • The appropriate city for flooding in city neighborhoods and on county roads within cities
  • Clean Water Services at 503-681-3600 for flooding in urban unincorporated areas

Road condition information including emergency traffic advisories will be posted on Washington County Roads. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest road information.

Contact:

Kim Haughn, Public Information Officer
(503) 846-7822
kimberly_haughn@co.washington.or.us