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Coastal river flooding likely through weekend, weather service predicts

Published on November 30, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on December 28, 2012 6:30AM

Rivers in Northern California and Southern Oregon are expected to flood in the next few days, the National Weather Service predicts.

No rivers were at flood stage as of Thursday, but the current storm will last for several days, drenching the area with heavy rain and high winds.

Moderate flooding is expected by Sunday on California's Sacramento River above Bend Bridge and at Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches are possible through the weekend, and river levels throughout the region will likely remain high through Monday. Debris flows are possible, especially near areas burned in recent wildfires.

In Oregon, the Coquille River near Coquille will rise about a foot above flood stage Saturday and remain there at least through Monday. Other streams and rivers in Southwest Oregon will also rise and possibly flood.

Washington will see strong winds from the storm, but tidal overflow advisories were issued for areas along the coast and Puget Sound.

-- Steve Brown


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