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river flows

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Sprague River, indicating a higher crest (9 feet) than what has been forecasted the last several days (8.4 feet). Minor flood stage is 8.5 feet. This should not cause any flooding impacts to residences or roads based on past events, but it is possible. It’s also peaking later than was forecasted – right now (Wednesday morning) it’s at 8.4 feet in Beatty. Klamath County Emergency Management has multiple people out monitoring the situation and will share any impacts as soon as they know of them.

Water is still rising on the Lost River in some places, especially at Harpold and Olene. Yesterday both Gerber and Willow Creek Dams were overtopping. Bureau of Reclamation is working hard to make sure the river stays within safe acceptable levels to avoid flooding. The BOR's “teacup” diagram, which shows major storage reservoirs, their capacities and river flows in the Klamath River Basin, is helpful in monitoring water levels. View the Klamath Teacup at www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/klamath/teacup.html.

More water has come into Klamath Lake than was expected, as well. BOR is releasing additional water out of Link River, and they have indicated it may cause “localized flooding.” Again, we are monitoring the situation for impacts.

For statewide perspective on recent precipitation and snowmelt, a satellite image from the National Weather Service shows sediment accumulation from Oregon rivers offshore. They’ve confirmed that most of Oregon received record rainfall for the month of April. As of Tuesday evening, 12 counties and tribal nations were dealing with flooding issues across the state, including landslides and road closures. Visit www.Tripcheck.com for up to date road closure information.

Highlights:

  • The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Sprague River, indicating a crest of 9 feet. Minor flood stage is 8.5 feet. This should not cause any flooding impacts to residences or roads based on past events, but it is possible.
  • Water is still rising in most places, including the Sprague, Lost, Link, and Klamath rivers. Avoid water edges, as they may be eroded and unstable.
  • If it’s an emergency, please call 911. If you would like to report any flooding impacts from around the county, please call emergency management at 541-851-3741.
  • Most of Oregon has received record April rainfall.