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Everyone is prepping for potential floods this weekend, but one woman isn't too concerned.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 8:57 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. -- Flood watches are in effect for Curry, Josephine and western Siskiyou counties this weekend. 

A 14-acre campground in Cave Junction is on the bank of West Fork Illinois River. The river often rises when there is heavy rain and floods the Laughing Alpaca Campgrounds and RV Park. 

Friday afternoon the water levels in the river were right around 8 feet, but each hour, the water continued to rise. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts this river is going to rise about 19 feet by Monday morning. Jeff Hintz, the owner of the Laughing Alpaca Campgrounds, told NewsWatch12 the property floods a few times a year and already flooded once this year in January.

Hintz says if the river rises up to 19 feet this weekend, a few more inches will begin a flood on the campgrounds.

"It can get bad," Hintz said. "We make sure everyone packs up their RVs real tight, so we don't have miscellaneous items floating down [the park]."

Hintz plans on preparing the people who live here and those who will be camping here for the weekend.

About 50 people are currently at the campground. All are aware that the property does flood occasionally. One resident has lived there for 25 years and says she isn't afraid of the floods anymore.

"The water is really strong when it comes up," Shirley Sprinkle said. "There are times where I've stayed up to 3 a.m. with my spotlight to see if its flooding, but that's about all I do."

Even though the campgrounds might flood this weekend, she isn't too concerned. 

"I'm just going to stay in my recliner," Sprinkle told NewsWatch12. 

She said the the water does get high sometimes, but it has never come inside her home or damaged any of her belongings. So Sprinkle doesn't bother to move her RV to higher grounds anymore.

In 2005, she experienced the biggest flood at the park so far. She did leave her house for that flood, but not by choice.

Sprinkle said, "So the owners at that time got antsy and came with a canoe and said 'Pack your bag, we are taking you out'."

She says the water was as high as her waist, so she didn't mind hopping in the canoe.

"Well I didn't get wet," Sprinkle said laughing about the memory. 

This weekend the park is expecting several inches of rain. 

"It says it's going to get up to 19 feet which is just right on my flooding edge," Hintz said. 

The park isn't the only area that might flood this weekend. Flood watches are in effect for several counties. The Medford Service Hydrologist, Spencer Higginson, said there will be rapid rises in many rivers. 

"There's a chance for flooding on streams, creeks and rivers. Even though we don't have them forecasted to flood, there is a potential," Higginson said.

The one area that is under a flood warning is Klamath County. Higginson advises drivers who see heavy amounts of water on the road to be cautious. He says it doesn't take much water to pull a car off the road. 

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