Portland & Vancouver clean up after Wed. rain

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 3:11 AM

PORTLAND -- The heavy rain that dumped over the metro area Wednesday night flooded a Winterhawks training rink and a Vancouver hospital.

It also caused flash flood conditions on several roads.

One vehicle ended up in water up to the hood under Highway 26 near Barnes Road Wednesday night.

In Vancouver, at least one manhole cover started floating on water gushing through the sewer system.

The Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton will be closed for a few days after water poured into the building, turning the rink into a pool.

Winterhawks general manager Ben Stadey said the weather was fine when he went into his Wednesday yoga class. But an hour later he had 27 missed calls and the damage had basically been done.

"Pretty intense!" Stady said. But cleanup had also already begun. "Luckily I have an amazing staff."

When the rain stopped, the clean up began.

They were still working Thursday morning to dry out the facility.

At Vancouver's PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, flooding blocked the main entrance near the emergency room.  The lobby and underground parking garage were also flooded.

Jeff Olson’s new truck was in the hospital's underground parking lot when filled with water five-feet deep. (Tap for mobile image)

 “It’s totaled. It’s gone. It’s a 2012 and it’s brand new. It’s only got 20,000 miles on it, it’s a $42,000 truck,” he said. “I’m devastated.”“It’s totaled. It’s gone. It’s a 2012 and it’s brand new. It’s only got 20,000 miles on it, it’s a $42,000 truck,” he said. “I’m devastated.”

The water receded shortly afterward and crews started mopping and cleaning.

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The storm brought heavy rain throughout the metro area, with one area of Washington County seeing 2.29 inches in only two hours, said KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard.

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