Flood watch in effect for western Oregon

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A flood watch is in effect for much of western Oregon as a severe weather forecast of heavy rain and potential flooding is expected to move into the region Monday night.

In response to the increased rain and wind the Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants to make sure that residents are prepared.

The National Weather Forecast predicts 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall in Douglas County from midnight Monday into Wednesday morning. 

KPIC's Candace Campos spoke with National Weather Service officials Monday afternoon. They told her that while they do expect a lot of rain to fall, it will not be as significant as the amount seen during the storm a couple weeks ago.

The weather service forecast also said that anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain could fall on the coastal range and foothills between Monday night and Wednesday morning.

With all that rain, minor flooding is expected along the Siuslaw, Mohawk and areas of the Willamette Rivers, as well as rivers and streams in Douglas County.

Linda Cook, an emergency manager for the sheriff's office said that people living on the 100 year flood plain should watch their river levels closely.

Douglas County officials ask those living on slopes in the coast range to look for any ground movement or shifting that could lead to debris flows or landslides.

For those living in the city, DCSO recommends driving with caution.

People driving on any of Oregon's roads should be on the lookout for potential road hazards that could have been cause by the weather. (downed trees, debris flows, high water, etc.)

"Do not attempt to drive through high water," said Cook. "Take preventative measures to protect your property and animals.  Do not travel during periods of intense rain unless absolutely necessary.”

A  high wind advisory is also in effect for all of the Oregon coast until noon on Tuesday.

As the winds move inland, officials predict that Douglas County will also see high winds blowing at around 25 mph.

The high could potentially bring down trees and power lines. 

The sheriff's office said that residents should be ready to live without power or water services. 

That includes having supplies on hand like flashlights, drinkable water and food that does not need to be cooked.

 

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