Flooding on Washington County roads continues

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Nearly 50 roads in Washington County were partially restricted or closed Wednesday night due to flooding.

Travelers should beware of water on roads. Six inches of water is enough to cause a driver to lose control of a car. If there is flooding on the road, turn around, don't drown.

A map and list of roads impacted by flooding is posted on wc-roads.com. Information is also be available on Twitter at @WashCoRoads. For regional alerts, visit www.publicalerts.org.

Crews are posting warning signs and barricades to prevent traffic from traveling through flooded areas. These road-closure signs have been erected for traveler safety. It is illegal for motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists to move or travel around road-closure barricades. To report someone moving or traveling around a barricade, call the Washington County Sheriff's Office nonemergency dispatch at 503-629-0111. 

Tips for inclement weather:

  • Clear ice, snow and debris from storm drain grates.
  • Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear.
  • Move snow and ice away from foundation
  • If sandbags are needed, visit a self-serve sandbag station.
  • Heavy rains reduce drivers' visibility. When driving, turn on headlights, increase following distance, slow down and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians. Visit ODOT's webpage for Driving in the Rain Tips.

To request help or report a road hazard:

  • Call 9-1-1 (life-threatening emergency).
  • Call 503-629-0111 (after hours, non-emergency).
  • Call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or email wc-roads@co.washington.or.us (during business hours).
  • Submit an online request for non-emergency road service.
  • Call Clean Water Services at 503-547-8100 to report flooding in urban unincorporated areas (outside of cities).
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 a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Coordinator