Heavy rain causes raw sewage overflow in Gladstone

GLADSTONE, Ore. – Police are warning residents to avoid the Clackamas and Willamette rivers for the next two days after the city of Gladstone reported a raw sewage overflow.

It happened Monday near the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers, police said. The heavy rain overloaded an intersection point of the city’s wastewater and storm water systems.

The sewage poured into the rivers near the south end of Portland Avenue. It’s unclear how long the overflow lasted.

Police asked residents to avoid the rivers in that area for the next 48 hours due to the risk of bacteria exposure.