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Susbauer Road in Cornelius also gets barriers to keep drivers out of water when rain floods the roads

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - After years of ignorant or daring drivers getting swamped on a flooded Fern Hill Road after driving around the barriers, this gate (and another on the other side of the frequently flooded stretch) will make it impossible for drivers to enter the deep water.Permanent, manual-locking floodgates have been installed on Susbauer Road in Cornelius and on Fern Hill Road in Forest Grove ahead of winter weather to allow for more efficient closure of the roads during high water.

The Susbauer Road gates are located south of Hornecker Road and north of Long Road. The Fern Hill Road gates are south of Taylor Way and north of Geiger Road.

Both roads frequently flood during periods of heavy rainfall, according to Washington County officials. Unlike portable barricades, the gates lock in place and cover the whole width of the road, preventing motorists from driving into floodwaters.

Last February, there were two cases of motorists who moved and/or drove around barricades on Fern Hill Road and had to be rescued. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue charged each driver $516 for the rescues. Both drivers were also fined $260 for moving/driving around barricades, which is against the law.

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