Flood advisory: high water on county roads

Release date: 12/20/2012
Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division



The Tualatin River near Dilley crested overnight and the water level is gradually falling. Water is receding from roads in western Washington County, and road crews are removing high water warning signs. Some roads may remain closed for a few days as the water level slowly drops and crews remove debris left on the roadway. Motorists are advised to slow down and watch out for unexpected storm-related conditions.

Original release:

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for western Washington County. Periods of heavy rain, along with some snow melt, will cause sharp rises on rivers and creeks draining the Coast Range. Small streams and creeks are likely to flood, and in urban areas flooding may be caused by clogged storm drains.

Washington County road crews are placing high water signs on roads where water covers part of a traffic lane but vehicles can still get through. Road closure barricades are set up when water flows across or covers the roadway. Do not move or drive around road closure barricades.

Where water covers the roadway, make the smart choice: turn around...don't drown. Even a foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep a vehicle off the road.

To request help or report a road hazard:

  • Life-threatening - emergency response - call 911
  • Report a road hazard - after hours non-emergency response - 503-629-0111
  • Report a road hazard - during business hours - 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or wc-roads@co.washington.or.us or online service request
  • For flooding inside a city, call the appropriate city
  • For flooding in urban unincorporated areas - call Clean Water Services at 503-681-3600

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


Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining the best 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:

Stephen Roberts, Communications Coordinator