Severe storms kill two in Oregon; floods trigger state of emergency in Washington


A flooded street in Kalama, Washington due to a storm carrying heavy rain and winds creating problems across the Pacific Northwest on December 9, 2015.

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OREGON — Extreme rainfall this week has claimed its first two deaths in Oregon and prompted a state of emergency in Washington state.

The deluge set a record in Portland, which saw 2.75 inches of rain on Monday, setting a daily record, CNN affiliate KOIN said.

Also in Portland, a fallen tree trapped a 60-year-old woman in her bed on Wednesday, killing her, Lt. Rich Tyler with Portland Fire and Rescue told

And in Clatskanie, a woman drowned on Wednesday after the car she was in drove into high water, CNN affiliate KOIN reported, citing a fire official. A man who was also in the car escaped through its sunroof.

Both Oregon and Washington were hit with heavy rains.

In Washington, streets and homes were flooded, and landslides closed some highways. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Wednesday.

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