Columbia over flood stage; E Ore. warning canceled

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Columbia River has nudged just over flood stage in the Portland metro area.

The National Weather Service said Thursday the Columbia was at 16.1 feet at 7 a.m. in Vancouver, Wash., where the flood stage is 16 feet.

The weather service said minor flooding along the river banks and some lowland areas is expected as the river level gradually rises to an average of about 16.5 feet over the next few days. But it could occasionally rise to about 17 feet over the holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, the weather service canceled a flood warning for the Grande Ronde River at Troy and the Imnaha River at Imnaha in Eastern Oregon.