The National Weather Service issued a flood warning on Tuesday evening for the Marys River near Philomath. The warning is expected to remain through Wednesday afternoon.
The flood stage on the Marys River southeast of Philomath is 20 feet and as of 9 p.m., it was at 19.93 feet.
According to a NWS advisory, “The river is expected to rise above flood stage just after midnight tonight to a rest of 20.1 feet.”
At 20 feet, residents should expect widespread low-land and agricultural flooding. Roads along the Marys River will be affected and some structures near the river may begin to flood.
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 24 hours per day at the two locations in 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.
• South 11th Street behind the Philomath Community Library. Residents will need to bring their own shovels.