ROSEBURG, Ore. — Constant rain on Wednesday led to the Umpqua River rising out of its’ banks, covering parks and roads with water.
Roseburg Public Works Director Nikki Messenger said similar flooding happened last year, and destroyed the half-shell in Stewart Park.
Many people are hoping that’s not the case again this year.
“I hope not too, but this is pretty bad. I wasn’t actually expecting the river to be this high. It really happened quickly, and we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that there’s not too much damage,” said Roseburg resident Susan Snyder.
Further down the Umpqua, water that was just lapping against the side of the road early Thursday morning is now covering the road.
One resident said he just hopes the rain holds off for a while.
“I heard from my neighbors that.. I haven’t been here that long.. but that it does this every once in a while. It’ll come up – that’s kind of a low spot, where the bend in the river makes a big right hand turn. So, I’m just glad it stopped raining,” said Dave Carroll.
On Wednesday night, flooding closed a section of Stewart Parkway when Newton Creek spilled over and around the bridge.
Now the water has gone down, clearing the road.
As for the half-shell, Public Works said they’ll just have to wait for the water to go down to assess the damage that has been done.
Until then, they’re crossing their fingers that it’s not as bad as last year.
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