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  • Rogue Valley storm sets Medford rainfall record

    More rain expected through Saturday
  • The storm hovering over the Rogue Valley set a rainfall record Thursday, caused minor flooding in Medford and created dicey travel for motorists throughout the county.
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  • The storm hovering over the Rogue Valley set a rainfall record Thursday, caused minor flooding in Medford and created dicey travel for motorists throughout the county.
    The 1.67 inches of rain that dropped on Medford set a daily record, beating the previous 1.29 inches that dumped on the city in 1917, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Shad Keene.
    "We beat the record and there's more rain to come," Keene said.
    The downpour didn't stop Salud Mendez from cooking a pot of pizole on the back porch of her home off North Ross Lane in Medford. Mendez prepared the meal as rain overwhelmed a drain pipe along the road and flooded her yard.
    Sixteen-year-old Salvador Ortiz, who was at the home with Mendez on Thursday, said the property often floods in heavy rain, but this round was particularly bad.
    "We'll be glad when it's over," Ortiz said.
    Medford Public Works Director Cory Crebbin said the North Ross Lane area saw the only notable flooding during the day. He said crews were working to repair or possibly replace a drain pipe near the intersection of North Ross Lane and McAndrews Road.
    The weather service predicts heavy rain will continue through Saturday, Keene said.
    "By the time it's done, we could see 3 inches of rain in the Rogue Valley from this event," Keene said.
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