The Fern Ridge Bike Path is experiencing the worst underpass flooding that I’ve seen in my two years of daily riding. The underpass at Chambers is completely submerged with over foot deep water. The underpass at Garfield shows signs of having flooded over night, and the water left behind a layer of thick, slippery mud. The Garfield underpass is especially dangerous since it is at the bottom of a slope, shadowed, and deceptively slick. Please take it very slow. When the waters receded at Chambers we can expect similarly muddy and slippery conditions as well.
Be careful out there, and please share any other flooding that you see today in the comments.
I talked to fellow Fern Ridge Path commuter Chris Stober shortly after I posted this story. He ran into the flooded area under Chambers while riding to work in the early morning dark, and his light wasn’t able to warn him of the water in time. I’ll let him tell the rest of the story:
I received quite the wake up call while I was biking to work this morning on the Fern Ridge path. It was the dark of early morning, rainy and I was hustling on the same route I take everyday. Suddenly, I found myself over a foot deep in water with no way out but to pedal through. Needless to say, the rest of the ride was wet, cold and miserable. It sure would be nice if we could get a fix in place for this, as it is always expected that rainy weather will make the river rise in the Eugene winters.