Drive safely in the rain

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 26, 2018

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division

Rainy weather has returned to Washington County. Showers are predicted for the weekend and into next week.

In addition to flooding, heavy rains reduce driver's visibility. Be prepared and make smart choices:

  • Clear out storm drains and culverts to prevent flooding.
  • When driving, use headlights, slow down, increase following distance, signal early and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Visit ODOT's webpage for Driving in the Rain Tips.
  • Do not move or drive around barricades. Never enter areas where water covers the roadway. Even a few inches of flowing water can sweep vehicles off the road. If there is flooding on the road - turn around, don't drown.

When encountering a road hazard, please report it:

  • If it's an emergency, call 911.
  • To report a road hazard by phone, call 503-846-ROAD (7623) during normal business hours or 503-629-0111 after hours.
  • To report a road hazard online, submit a road service request or send an email. Please note service requests submitted online are not monitored outside of normal business hours.
  • For alerts on closures or partial restrictions of major roadways visit and follow @washcoroads on Twitter.
Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the County roadway system in cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Public Affairs and Communications Manager