Meteorologists say northwest Oregon could see flooding

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologists say heavy rain could push northwest Oregon rivers and creeks into flood stage.

The Willamette River at Eugene and Albany and the Santiam River at Jefferson were expected to enter at least moderate flood stage.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports flooding was not expected to cause widespread damage seen in the floods of 1996 or 2012.

But meteorologist Laurel McCoy says there will be rivers and creeks in people’s backyards and real issues in a few places.

The most significant flooding is expected in the central and southern Willamette Valley between Eugene and Albany.

McCoy says the good news is that the weather hasn’t been warm enough in the mountains to melt a significant amount of Oregon’s robust snowpack.