Rapid snowmelt and heavy rains have swollen local streams and filled the stormwater drainage system and sanitary sewers to near capacity across much of Washington County on Wednesday morning causing localized flooding and several reported sewage overflows.
Clean Water Services' four treatment facilities and 41 sewage pump stations kept pace with the high flows, but local systems reported rain-swollen sanitary sewer overflows. Overflows of rain-diluted sewage were reported in Aloha:
Crews have responded to both overflows and posted barricades and signs. The public should avoid contact with flood waters in the area due to the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.
"There are more than 45,000 public storm drains in Washington County," said Mark Jockers of Clean Water Services. “Thanks to the public who helped clear ice, slush and debris from neighborhood storm drains to keep water flowing.”
Everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment. Combining science and nature, we clean water and return it to the Tualatin River, so it can be used again. More than 570,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams as a result of our innovative water management solutions, drainage management, water-quality and stream-enhancement projects, habitat protection and more.
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