AURORA, Ore. (KOIN) — A flood warning is now in effect through Wednesday night for the Pudding River off the Willamette in Aurora.
This is in addition to several other flood warnings that remain in effect for rivers near Eugene and Lane County, including the Coast Fork of the Willamette River near Goshen, the Willamette River near Harrisburg and the Mohawk River near Springfield.
The Pudding River’s flood stage is 22 feet. At 7 a.m. Tuesday, the river was at 21 feet and is expected to rise above the flood stage around 10 p.m., the National Weather Service said. But only minor flooding is expected and the water should recede throughout the day Wednesday.
The rising Willamette River flooded parts of the Boones Ferry boat launch in Aurora. Most of the ramp is underwater and a nearby PortaPotty is halfway submerged.
The river is also loaded with a lot of trees and branches. Hydrologists from the National Weather Service expect the water to keep rising on the Willamette River at Oregon City through Thursday morning.
The Clackamas River at Estacada is now receding and is below flood stage.
500 evacuated from homes in Oregon
About 500 people are evacuated from their homes in Oregon after record-breaking rain that’s also shut down roads and forced officials to close schools in the hardest-hit communities, the Associated Press reports.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office urged residents Tuesday to stay off the road and said they are working to help people in several homes completely surrounded by water.
The Register Guard reported that more than 4.3 inches of rain has fallen in Eugene since Thursday — a record-breaking 2.34 inches of rain on Sunday alone.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing more water than usual from its Willamette River reservoirs to prevent overflow.
Highway 58 west of Oakridge remains closed after it was cut off by a rockslide Monday.
Roads, trails affected by rains, flooding
The heavy rain has also created hazards on the roads. ODOT crews have worked as quickly as they can to clear the roads of debris.
The Multnomah Falls Trail is closed because officials say it’s too dangerous — and the Eagle Creek Fire is partially to blame. Hikers can go no further than the Benson Bridge.
Since Friday the Wahkeena Multnomah Loop Trail has been closed because of the ongoing chance of rockslides. There have already been several of them, including one near Multnomah Falls and another near Weisendgender Falls.
The trail will be closed until at least the time when geologists can examine the terrain. Officials told KOIN 6 News that may mean the trail would be shut down all week because of the rain falling on an already-charred terrain from the Eagle Creek Fire.
Parks affected by the rains
On Tuesday, Portland Parks & Recreation said the baseball and softball fields are open for games, but not for practices. Officials said they would evaluate the field conditions on Wednesday and determine what can or cannot be used.
This decision affects only fields in the Parks & Rec system, not fields controlled by Portland Public Schools.
Stay with the KOIN 6 Weather Team for the latest details.
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