Flood Watch Still Active for Salem, With More Rain Expected Tuesday and Wednesday

Posted on December 4, 2023
  • Rainfall of 2.0 to 4 inches could fall in the next 72 hours.
  • Snow melt from the mountains could impact local stream levels.
  • Watch hww.onerain.com for current conditions.

Salem, Ore. — More rain in the Salem area is expected on Tuesday, December 5, and Wednesday, December 6. This next round of storms is predicted to bring 2.25 to 4.0 inches of rain this week.

The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Watch through Thursday, December 7, and is warning of the potential for urban stream flooding throughout the Willamette Valley.

The City of Salem is continuing to monitor the situation and has activated three sandbag locations in central, south, and west Salem for residents who experience flooding-related issues on their property. Please visit the City’s Sandbag Map for up-to-date information on sandbag locations.

The Willamette River could rise to nearly 19.3 feet by Thursday, December 7, prompting preparations for potential flooding. Those who use Minto-Brown Island Park and Wallace Marine Park should be cautious of minor flooding. Salem streams and creeks are also forecast to rise through Thursday.

The City’s High Water Watch webpage (hww.Onerain.com) features up-to-the-hour information on Salem stream levels and local rainfall amounts. Sandbag filling stations are available at several locations. Salem residents are encouraged to visit Salem’s Emergency and Disaster Preparedness webpage to see up-to-date information about stream levels, current road conditions, and additional high water safety tips to protect your home.

Contact the Public Works Dispatch Center 24-hours-a-day at 503–588–6311 to report high water or other weather-related concerns. Sign up for Marion-Polk Alerts to receive emergency notifications.

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