Heavy rain causes traffic hazards in Clark County

Power is also out at Portland International Airport

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Sudden heavy rain this morning caused traffic problems on the Clark County arterial roadways.

High water was reported around the county, including Interstate 5, along with stalled vehicles and other road hazards around the county.

Water was reportedly standing at the Interstate 5 southbound offramp to Mill Plain Boulevard, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. An earlier traffic crash at the Main Street exit has been cleared, but southbound traffic along the interstate was clogged some time afterward.

Standing water was also reported to WSDOT along state Highway 500, including eastbound traffic near Fourth Plain Boulevard and westbound traffic near St. Johns Boulevard and Northeast 42nd Avenue. That ponding has since been cleared.

The agency reminds motorist to not drive through standing water.

Those with flights today beware that there may be delays at Portland International Airport due to an earlier power outage that has since been restored, according to the airport’s Twitter account.