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High Water Warning

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has put out an alert for high water in the region over the next several days. As Oregon continues to experience high winds and heavy rainfall, many rivers and streams are rising and could overflow their banks.

Already, several roads in the area are closed due to high water and could be a problem through the weekend. Road closures as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, include:

  • Bellfountain Road South at Hammer Creek
  • Bellfountain Road South of town at Railroad Crossing
  • Fern Road and Chapel Drive
  • Chapel Drive to 15th Street

 

Several other roads around Benton County have high water and may be difficult to travel. Check the Benton County Public Works website www.co.benton.or.us/pw/index.php or call 541-766-6821 for the latest information about road closures and high water areas. Oregon Department of Transportation information can also be found at www.tripcheck.com for state highways.

As rain continues to fall and high-elevation snow melts, rivers are expected to reach their highest levels on Thursday, January 19th, with water levels beginning to fall by Friday, Jan. 20.