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Flooding Concerns Wane With Drier Weather

OPB | Feb. 19, 2014 2:32 p.m.

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The National Weather Service is predicting more rain and snow could be on the way as another weather system moves into the region Wednesday night. 

But forecasters say it’s unlikely to significantly contribute to what so far has been minor flooding in Northwest and Central Oregon.

Both the Nehalem River on the North Oregon Coast and the Pudding River in the North Central Willamette Valley are above flood stage. 

And in Central Oregon, residents in the community of Tumalo have kept a watchful eye on the Deschutes River. It’s already spilled into some low lying areas.

Andy Bryant is a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Portland.  He says precipitation is well above normal for the month of February.  But he expects a reprieve could be on the horizon. 

“We’re going to see river levels gradually drop over the next few days and flood concerns should end by probably Friday,” says Bryant.

Bryant says recent weather has helped with this year’s below-average snowpack.  But he says in Southern Oregon, it is unlikely enough recovery will take place to avert a drought this summer.

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