Flood warning issued for Rogue River
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Rogue River at Eagle Point through Tuesday, due to the deluge of rain socking the Rogue Valley and surrounding region.
Minor flooding of slightly more than 10 feet is forecast. As of 9:15 a.m., the observed value was 9.45 feet, the agency said.
“Expect flooding of low-lying farm and pasture land,” a Weather Service bulletin reads.
This crest is nearly identical to a previous one seen Jan. 1, 1997 — the day historic flooding swept through the Rogue Valley.
A flood watch remains in effect for part of southwest Oregon — including Jackson County — through late tonight. Total rainfall amounts from the storm are anywhere from 1 to 2 inches across the area, with up to 3 inches possible in the mountains.
A flood warning remains in effect through this afternoon out toward the Oregon Coast, including Josephine and Curry counties.
“Four to 10 inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours, and periods of heavy rain are expected through this afternoon,” a Weather Service bulletin reads. “This will cause standing water on roadways and urban areas with additional flooding expected on area streams and creeks.”
From 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday, 0.86 inches of rain fell on Medford, while multiple reports of 2.5 inches of rain in northwest Jackson County were reported, according to meteorologist Mike Stavish. About 3.26 inches fell on an area near Cave Junction in Josephine County, and Brookings saw more than 4 inches during the same time period, and a hilly area inland of Gold Beach (corrected online: see below) received a whopping 9.17 inches.
“We don’t get that kind of stuff up here very often,” Stavish said. “It’s a fairly juicy air mass.”
Stavish noted that the amount of “precipitable water,” or the amount of moisture in a portion of the atmosphere, is 1.08 inches
“As far as we could tell, that broke a record for the day,” Stavish said. “We’re almost double what we would normally see this time of year in this air mass overhead.”
Shower activity lingers into Tuesday for the Rogue Valley, with additional chances for showers north of Medford Wednesday night.
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Correction: This report mistakenly referred to the location in question as Gold Hill. It should have said Gold Beach. It has since been corrected.