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Water Levels Rising In Southern Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Several areas in Southern Oregon have had record rainfall and the storm door is still open. It’s causing potential issues for drivers and businesses.

A National Weather Service hydrologist, Spencer Higginson, told NewsWatch12 that Roseburg, Medford and Mount Shasta saw a record breaking number of rainfall yesterday. This rain is impacting the roads in city limits like Kirtland Road in White City, Highway 62 up near Shady Cove and Williams Highway in Grants Pass.

Higginson said water levels in the Rogue River are rising but will not experience flooding. One barbershop owner by the Rogue says in 1964 the levels rose so high it flooded the shop. There’s a water mark still left behind inside the building.

“I have my doubts we’ll ever see it that high again but it’s pretty interesting.  I kind of worry about the people on the other side of the river over there that seems pretty low,” said John De Barron.

Higginson also explained that over on the coast, residents may have noticed much higher rainfall and people there should anticipate river flooding.