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Local Reservoirs Ready for Rain

Oregon riverLOWELL, Ore. — As the snow and ice melts and rain moves into the area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will be keeping its eye on local river levels.

As this next storm moves into the area, officials say some rivers will be above their normal bank levels, but they just started refilling reservoirs at the beginning of the month. So as all the snow and ice melts, the corps will be monitoring river levels and deciding how much water to release from its dams.

“Our reservoirs as a total are only about sixteen percent full, so we have quite a bit of storage for incoming water here in the next couple of weeks,” said Scott Clemans, spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army Corps says since some of this rain water falls directly into rivers, it can’t completely prevent flooding, so it’ll keep a close eye on river levels during the next ten days.

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