Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1 p.m. with the latest information from the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning on Monday for the Marys River near Philomath. The warning is expected to run until about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The flood stage on the Marys River southeast of Philomath is 20 feet and as of noon Monday, it was at 20.84 feet. Based on forecast data, the river was expected to crest at 21.1 feet late Monday afternoon and hold steady through the evening. The river is expected to fall below flood stage Tuesday in the late morning hours.
The NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s forecast data also shows flooding conditions late this week.
According to the NWS advisory, major flooding is anticipated. Heavy rain from Sunday and Monday and snow melt has contributed to river level rises, the NPS reported. The agency says to “major and widespread flooding along the Marys River from Philomath to Corvallis with numerous homes and farms affected. Several roads will likely be flooded, including Grange Hall Road, South 13th Street and Fern Road, Chapel Drive and Bellfountain Road.
The NWS advises motorists to not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas.
Sand and sandbags are available to the public at any time at Philomath Public Works, 1515 Willow Lane. The Public Works compound can be accessed via South 15th Street. The sand is piled in an open bay behind the building (bring your own shovels).
The city announced that Marys River Park Park is closed because of flooding.
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