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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Stay Safe

  • Stay safeDo not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive. Six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole or stick to negotiate your way through flowing water to get to safety.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else during a flood. Driving through flood waters can also damage your vehicle, and the wake you create can cause more damage to property.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrical current travels through water and can be deadly. Report downed power lines to your power company.
  • If you live or work in a floodplain and you know a flood is coming, shut off your gas and electricity, and move valuable items to higher ground.

Download the multilingual flyer "How to Avoid the Flood." The flyer has information in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and traditional Chinese.