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Public Works Watching Water Levels

water levelsGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Public works employees in areas with flood risks are getting ready for rain and rising river levels. They say the dry weather leading up to these storms has helped them prepare.

The Josephine County Public Works Supervisor says employees have been out clearing downed tree limbs and clearing culverts in recent weeks. They say that will help them stay ready for the incoming rain this weekend.

The supervisor says he does not expect any major problems because of the rain, but says roadside ditches may fill with water, and some drains may be clogged by leaves or debris.

Current river levels say the Illinois River near Kerby is in action stage, which means it is rising near the top of its banks.