Historic April Rain Causes Flooding In Willamette Valley

Apr 9, 2019

The Willamette Valley has been pummeled with an unusual rain storm. It’s caused flooding and downed trees and spurred evacuations along the Row River and Coast Fork of the Willamette.

Flooding at Alton Baker Park in Eugene on Monday.
Credit City of Eugene

Laurel McCoy with the National Weather Service in Portland says we haven’t experienced this level of flooding since the 1990s. And it’s late in the season…

“This is only the 2nd time in recent history that we’ve seen flooding in western Oregon in April. And that’s looking back 50, 60 years.”

McCoy says she expects that as the rain lets up most rivers and streams will recede. She says the Willamette River may take longer to draw down because it’s fed by all the other rivers and tributaries.