Rivers running high and fast as recent rain combines with snowmelt

Rain and melting snow are causing numerous local streams to reach flood stage.

The good news is that precipitation is slowing down, but river levels haven't been this high since 2017," said KATU meteorologist Dave Salesky.

Many local rivers will be high and fast, resulting in mild flooding in certain regions.

Over the following three days, the Columbia River is predicted to reach moderate flood status.

A father and his two daughters were rescued from the Lewis River on Saturday after his boat capsized after hitting some debris.

Due to the high level of the Willamette River, Portland Parks & Recreation has closed the pedestrian bridge along the Eastbank Esplanade. There's no word on when it might reopen.

The high water level on the Columbia River will necessitate extra bridge lifts across the river. During peak morning and evening commute hours, however, no elevators are permitted.

Swimmers are advised to avoid the waterways for the next three days, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.