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Farmlands flood west of Willamette River

Published on November 21, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on December 19, 2012 7:51AM

Several tributaries of the Willamette River in Western Oregon topped flood stage during the current series of rainstorms in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain and high mountain snow are forecast to continue at least through Wednesday and will be heaviest in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

St. Mary's River near Philomath crested at 5.5 feet above flood stage early Tuesday morning, causing widespread flooding of agricultural lands and some structures. It's expected to recede Tuesday afternoon.

Minor flooding of farmland is expected along the Luckiamute River, which is expected to crest 1 foot above flood stage at Suver Tuesday afternoon.

Flood warnings were canceled for the Molalla River.

West of the Coast Range divide, flood warnings continue for the Nehalem River near Foss.

In Western Washington, flood warnings continue for the Skokomish River near Potlatch and the Satsop River near Satsop. As rainfall over the Olympic Mountains has tapered off, water levels will recede and fall below flood stage Tuesday afternoon.

Grays River fell below flood stage at Rosburg Tuesday morning.

Flood warnings were lifted for the Chehalis River through Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.

-- Steve Brown


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