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Heavy rains area forecasted starting around 11 a.m. Saturday, 12/20, continuing through Monday, 12/22 are expected to cause area flooding. Monday, the Willamette River is expected to rise quickly to flood stage.

  • REPORT ROAD HAZARDS: 541-917-7600
  • Lochner Road is closing today at 4 p.m. until further notice. The road is gated at Oak Creek. “Road Closed” signs will be posted at the Lochner/Ellingson and Lochner/Marion Street intersections.
  • SAND AND SANDBAGS AVAILABLE (bring your own shovels):
    • North Albany Park & Ride
    • At the corner of Front and Davidson Streets outside the Public Works, Operations fence
    • Grand Prairie Park
    • Linn County Expo Center parking lot
    • Knife River will also have sand at their plants on Old Highway 34 in Tangent, at Jefferson and at Stayton.
  • BOWMAN, BRYANT, MONTEITH, TAKENA LANDING PARKS CLOSED MONDAY, 12/22: due to anticipated high water.

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