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Heavy rain causes minor flooding in Eugene

Eugene officials say they've been busy clearing away debris from storm drains and have seen minor flooding.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 4:15 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2019 6:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- After heavy rain Wednesday morning, Eugene officials say they've been busy clearing away debris from storm drains and have seen minor flooding.

Eugene Public Works spokesman Brian Richardson said standing water covered a section of Roosevelt Boulevard near Waite Street early Wednesday morning.

Crews directed traffic to the middle lane of Roosevelt Boulevard while they cleared away debris, Richardson said.

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Leonard Shreeve, who works nearby, estimated there was a foot of water.

"I wasn't expecting that, no," Shreeve said.  "I've been here for 34 years or better and I have never seen it like that."

Richardson said the city's storm drain system is functioning properly and they had crews working overnight to clear away any debris so water could flow through.

The month of September has already delivered 200 to 250% of normal rainfall with an additional 1 to 2 inches Wednesday.

Jimmy Giger with Eugene Gutter Services said they have also been busy helping customers with the gutters at their homes.
He said they usually stay busy this time of year installing new gutters and clearing away debris but said they have been slammed.

"We've seen so many calls -- we're overflooded," Giger said. "It's just everybody wants rain gutters like right now and we just can't get enough people there fast enough."

Captain Tim Fox with Oregon State Police said the wet weather is a reminder for drivers to slow down and increase the distance between cars. He said drivers need to make sure their vehicle has good tires, wipers and brakes. Fox is also urging drivers to pay attention to the road and not drive distracted.

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