Storm causes flooding, major transportation delays – KATU
PORTLAND, Ore. — Halloween brought on the first big storm of the season.
The Portland saw 1.95 inches of rain on Saturday, making it the wettest day of the year so far. The heavy rain caused severe flooding and dangerous driving conditions across the metro area.
Cars looked more like boats when water started to pool in intersections. The problems were mostly caused by leaves clogging the storm drains along the roadsides. | When is leaf day pickup?
The amount of rain even caused Portland’s sewer system to overflow into the Willamette.
The City of Portland has canceled Streetcar service and TriMet has warned public transit users that the MAX and buses are experiencing major delays due to flooding.
The heavy rain is expected to die down around 7 p.m. If you’re heading out for trick-or-treating this evening, be careful of slippery streets and deep puddles.
The Oregon Department of Transportation warns of high water across Portland causing slow traffic conditions.
Here are some driving tips from ODOT:
— Take your time. Leave early to get to your destination
— Slow down
— Turn on your lights
— Maintain your vehicle: check your wipers, brakes, tires and defroster
— Use public transportation
Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning which means an extra hour of sleep for some, and an extra hour of Halloween fun for others. Remember to stay safe and don’t drink and drive. Police will be increasing DUI enforcement on Halloween night.
Get the latest forecast updates throughout the weekend by downloading the KATU weather app.