Rivers, Jacksonville Properties Experience Flooding

By Jim McCoy Mon 3rd December NewsCoquille RiverfloodingJacksonvilleRogue River
The National Weather Service says two Southern Oregon rivers are flooding as a result of recent storms, the Rogue and the Coquille. The agency says the Coquille was more than 2 feet above its flood stage Monday morning at the town Coquille, and widespread flooding is expected along the river estuary. The agency said low-lying roads in the flood-prone region will likely be covered, and some farm buildings may be threatened. Farther upstream, the weather service said, it has cancelled a flood warning for the South Fork of the Coquille River at Myrtle Point. The river has fallen below flood stage. The weather service says the Rogue was nearly two feet above flood stage at Agness. It predicted mild flooding, with the possibility rapid rises could affect boat docks. The heavy weekend also rains wreaked havoc on three Jacksonville homes in the 600 block of Beverly Way. The fire department responded to a call for help Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. Water was found flowing out of the foundation vents at one home and heavy water flows were also discovered in the side yards at two neighboring properties. The Jacksonville Fire Department and CERT used sandbags to divert the water. Unusually high rainfall caused nearby creeks to overflow, and the catch basins designed to catch overflows were unable to catch all of the excess water. Crawl spaces were full at two homes and the garage at one other residence experienced flooding.

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