Medford, OR—The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from Thursday morning to Thursday evening for areas of southern Oregon and northern California. Landslides are possible in steep terrain during this weather event, and the risk is even higher in recently burned areas.
The flash flood watch area in Oregon includes Jackson County, Josephine County, Curry County, central Douglas County and the eastern Douglas County foothills, the Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades, and South Central Oregon Cascades. In California, the watch area includes south central and western Siskiyou County.
Find a map of the watch area and latest information here: http://1.usa.gov/1NvvBQt
"Heavy rain can trigger landslides," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "With storms in the forecast, it's important to be aware of the landslide hazard and avoid burned areas."
People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Caution should be used when traveling.
In general, dangerous areas can include:
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Ali Ryan Hansen
Communications Director, DOGAMI