More rain prompts flood warnings

A flood warning was issued for most of Southern Oregon and Jackson County late Monday as another storm system bore down on the region.

The flooding comes on the heels of a soggy weekend that flooded crawl spaces and yards in Medford, Jacksonville and other areas.

Flood warnings were issued for much of Klamath County, eastern Douglas County, the Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades.

Up to 1.5 inches of rain was expected in Medford for the 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service cautions motorists traveling over mountainous areas to be on the alert for overflowing streams and potential landslides.

The new storm front could cause more worries for residents on Beverly Way and Offord Circle in Jacksonville who had lots of water flowing through their properties early Sunday morning, according to Jacksonville Fire Rescue.

One home at 850 Beverly Way had water flowing out the vents in the foundation as firefighters responded to a 5:30 a.m. call. The owner of the property declined to comment on the condition of his house.

The water also flowed down a side yard and through a fenced area of 605 Beverly Way, firefighters discovered.

Water also flowed through side yards at 165 and 175 Offord Circle.

On further examination, firefighters determined that water had flowed under two houses and into a garage.

Since last Tuesday, the National Weather Service measured 4.39 inches of rainfall in Medford, while some areas of the Jackson County recorded up to 8 inches.

O'Brien, which is near Cave Junction in Josephine County, reported the largest local total for the same time period: 12.35 inches of rain. Even that paled in comparison to Northern California, where Brandy Creek in Shasta County recorded a staggering 23.48 inches of precipitation since last Tuesday.

The Mount Ashland ski area reported 30 inches of snow in that time period and on Monday had a base ranging from 27 inches to 55 inches deep.

Mike Ottenweller, a meteorologist with the weather service, said that since last Tuesday, Medford has had the wettest consecutive period since 1998. It ranks as the 19th wettest consecutive period since climate recording history began, he said.

Ottenweller said the rain Monday night and today should be steadier than recent storms and should start tapering off by afternoon.

A drier weather pattern should develop by Wednesday, he said.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or email dmann@mailtribune.com.


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