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Flood warning issued as rains continue and creeks swell

 Posted: 4:40 PM February 14, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for today in central Jackson County as heavy rains have swelled Little Butte Creek and other Rogue River tributaries.

The service said flooding is possible along Little Butte Creek from the city of Eagle Point down to its confluence with the Rogue.

The heavy rains also have caused water to puddle on many roadways.

Within the city of Medford, a little localized flooding in streets has occurred where storm drains have backed up, but crews have been clearing the debris, city officials said.

Bear Creek and the Rogue River have, and are expected to, stay well below flood levels, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service runoff forecasts.

More than an inch of rain has fallen so far today at the weather service gauge at the Medford airport, meteorologist Brett Lutz says.

Oregon Department of Transportation's website cautions of standing water on Interstate 5 near mile 28 through Medford and just south of Rogue River and on Oregon Highway 234 outside Gold Hill. Debris washed down by rain was reported on Highway 230 at its intersection with Crater Lake Highway and on Crater Lake Highway eight miles north of Shady Cove.

— Mark Freeman

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