Storm waters close streets, push city drainage to capacity

Storm waters close streets, push city drainage to capacity »Play Video
Ray Lunt wades in high water to clean out the storm drains on Nob Hill Street SE in Salem, Ore., on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The storm rained on Portland all day before marching slowly south across the Willamette Valley. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Danielle Peterson)

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EUGENE, Ore. - Flooding closed intersections in Eugene on Monday as rain water strained the capacity of storm drains.

Eugene Public Works has opened its emergency command center to deal with numerous flooding incidents, including two flooded intersections, the City of Eugene said Monday night.

A combination of heavy rain and large amounts of leaves and other debris on city streets has strained Eugene's stormwater collection system.

As of 8:30 p.m., Agate Street is closed at 18th Avenue, and 19th Avenue is closed between Pearl and Willamette streets.

Storm drainage lines are near capacity, particularly those lines that drain directly into Amazon Creek, Public Works crews report.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and avoid driving through flooded areas, the city said.

Residents also should use caution if they attempt to remove leaves from clogged catch basins that are causing localized flooding.

With more heavy rain in the forecast tonight, Public Works will continue to deploy staff and equipment do deal with significant flooding problems in the short term and also to continue the fall leaf collection program tomorrow.

To report major flooding, call Public Works Maintenance at (541) 682-4800.