By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
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Localized flooding has closed several Keizer streets and isolated several homes, but officials don’t think private property has been hit yet.
All major roads in Keizer remain open, but several neighborhood streets are experiencing flooding.
Salem-Keizer School District is asking parents to pick up kids early if possible, but school will remain in session. All after-school and evening activities are canceled.
Keizer Public Works has sand and sandbags available at the park on Rickman Road. Bring your own shovel.
The following streets are closed or affected due to high water:
• Kalmia Drive NE east of Verda Lane
• Kafir Drive NE east of Arcade Drive NE
• East end of Greenwood Drive NE, near Claggett Creek.
• 13th Avenue between Chemawa Road NE and Dearborn Avenue NE.
• Pedestrian bridge connecting Country Glen Park to the Gubser neighborhood.
• McLeod Lane NE and Chemawa Road NE.
In addition, localized high water has been spotted in the Hidden Creek area on Jakewood Court NE and Lazy Creek Court NE, along Labish Creek. Public Works Director Rob Kissler said there’s lots of capacity at Lake Labish, so he isn’t expecting problems from Little Pudding River runoff.
New information indicates the Willamette River is expected to crest at 30.04 feet at the gauge in Salem. Keizer officials will pump at several locations once it reaches 28.5 feet, Kissler said, and they will continue to monitor river levels. Forecasts are below the river wall and ordinary high river bank elevations.
“There are some localized issues our guys are working with citizens on that are not really related to the tributaries,” Kissler said. “It’s just the amount of rain.”