Streetcar shuts down, sewers overflow in Portland Halloween storm – kgw.com

Sara Roth, KGW News 4:49 p.m. PDT October 31, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – A drenching storm took its toll in Portland on Halloween as nearly three inches of rain fell per hour during the afternoon.

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Sewer overflow

The heavy rains caused Portland’s sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River. Portland’s water bureau spokesman Linc Mann said the public should avoid contact with the river from the Sellwood Bridge to Kelley Point Park for at least 48 hours.

Even though the city completed a sewer improvement in 2011 to curb sewer overflows, the system overflows infrequently when rains are especially heavy.

Streetcar shut down; MAX, bus delayed

The flooding shut down Portland’s Streetcar system, according to Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dylan Rivera. Buses were working to transport people.

The MAX Blue and Red lines were disrupted due to high water under the Morrison Bridge. Buses were working to shuttle people at MAX stations between Providence Park and the Rose Quarter Transit Center, TriMet said.

All MAX and bus service was delayed by at least 15 minutes due to the weather.

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Roads flooded

Meanwhile, drivers were having trouble passing some roads as drains clogged with leaves contributed to the standing water on city streets. Some highway on-ramps were so flooded that drivers were reporting closures.

Rivera said no city streets were closed.

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