Flood watch starts Saturday for W. Oregon

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EUGENE, Ore. - Forecasters said heavy rain and high snow levels could combine this weekend to push rivers over their banks in Western Oregon.

The National Weather Service in Portland issued the flood watch for Saturday night through Monday for Western Oregon, including the southern Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast.

"Periods of heavy rain Wednesday through Friday this week melted a fair amount of low elevation snow and ice from earlier in the week and primed rivers across much of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon," forecasters said. "Another period of warm heavy rain will spread in over the area this weekend and may push several rivers to or above flood stage Sunday and Monday."

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts, forecasters said. Landslides and debris flows are possible during flood events. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes, in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides, they cautioned.

"You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings," forecasters said. "Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop."

The next update on the flood watch will be issued by 3 p.m. Saturday, they said.

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