Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 19th, 2012 at 11:52 am
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This morning's ride into work was one of the wettest I can remember in a long time.
I listened to my jacket "drip, drip" on the coat rack behind me for about an hour after I sat down at my desk and my gloves are still completely waterlogged. Looking out my window, it doesn't look like it's let up at all. My inbox is flooded (ha!) with alerts and advisories from PBOT, ODOT, and Multnomah County (they need an acronym) about flooded roads, sinkholes, and free sandbags.
I know many people leave their bikes at home in messy weather like this; but there are still many who don't.
Sarah Mirk reported via Twitter this morning: "Bus driver leans out window to tell totally drenched cyclist: "You're my hero! You're a crazy dude!""
How is it going for you? What did you see out on the roads? Got any riding or gear tips you'd like to share?
2:11 pm: Here's a shot of crazy flooding of inner NE Fremont (around 12th I think?) sent in by Nate Gibson:
2:07 pm: Here's latest road closure info from PBOT:
UPDATE: SW Skyline is closed due to landslide
W Burnside, NW Cornell, SW Kingston, NE Fremont are closed, expected to reopen today
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation said SW Skyline Boulevard, W Burnside Street, NW Cornell Road, SW Kingston Avenue and NE Fremont Street are closed, but expected to reopen today as crews continue to work.
SW Skyline Boulevard is closed between W Burnside Road and SW Fairhaven Drive due to a landslide. The road will remain closed until further notice.
W Burnside Street is closed between NW 23rd Avenue and NW Skyline Boulevard due to water and rocks in the roadway. Crews hope to have the street reopen by the evening commute, but are still experiencing rain as debris washes into the street.
NW Cornell Road is closed between NW Thompson Street and NW Westover Road due to downed trees and power lines. It has been reported that drivers are ignoring barricades at NW Westover. The public is advised not to drive past barricades and to follow signs. Driving past barricades is dangerous to both the driver and those working to reopen the street and may be punishable by a $360 citation.
SW Kingston Avenue is closed between SW Tichner Drive and SW Fairview Boulevard due to a downed tree.
NE Fremont Street is closed between NE 9th Avenue and NE 12th Avenue due to street flooding.