Flood Watch Issued for Alsea and Siletz Rivers

A photo from Nov. 26, 1999 flooding of the Siletz River. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Alsea and Siletz rivers this weekend as forecasts are calling for up to 12-inches of rain in the Coast Range. (Photo: Lincoln County Emergency Management)

By Larry Coonrod

OREGON COAST-With forecasters predicting 4 to 8 inches of rain for the coast and up to 12-inches in the Coast Range over the weekend, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Alsea and Siletz rivers.

The watch is expected to be upgraded to a warning by Saturday afternoon extending through Monday. Both river are expected to crest early Sunday evening in the minor flood stage.

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“Citizens who live or drive along either of these rivers are encouaraged to closely monitor the river levels for changes,” said Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris in an alert sent out Friday evening. 

The flood watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon. In addition to flooding potential on the main stem rivers and tributaries, impacts from urban and small stream overflowing their banks along with flooding in low lying pasture lands.

Landslides Possible

Heavy rains could cause landslides and debris flows. Houses and roads located below steep slopes and at the mouth of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is increasing staff and positioning equipment to respond to this weekend’s storm. Crews will be patrolling highway corridors anticipating rock falls, mud slides and high water locations.

The Oregon Department of Transportation issued a reminder for travelers to be alert to fast-changing road conditions and be prepared for extended travel times. ODOT recommends traveling with a fully charged cell phone and carrying extra food, water, blankets and clothing.

Current road conditions are available online at www.tripcheck.com or by dialing 5-1-1. Hazardous road conditions should be reported to 503-362-0457.

Monitor www.tripcheck.com or call 5-1-1 for current road conditions. To report roadway hazards, call 1-503-362-0457.

River Level Information

Citizens who would like to obtain or receive information on the four primary rivers in Lincoln County can access the information from any of these sources:

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net – select Emergency Management Department, Rivers.

Sign up for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office mass notification system, Citizen Alert at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net/emergency

National Weather Service website – Citizens can also go directly to the National Weather Service webpage weather.gov/portland , click on rivers and lakes on the left hand side then scroll down to the river of your choice or you can click on each of these individual links.

Yaquina River near Chitwood: 

water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pqr&gage=yrco3

Yachats River near Yachats: 

water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pqr&gage=yryo3

Siletz River at Siletz:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pqr&gage=silo3&view=1,1,1,1,1,1

Alsea River near Tidewater:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pqr&gage=tido3&view=1,1,1,1,1,1

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