Warnings were posted much of last week about a "monster" storm scheduled to hit southern Oregon and northern California at the end of the week. Agencies prepared. Pacific Power had crews and equipment ready; Search & Rescue stationed crews around; road crews were ready and the storm came as did tragedy when a large tree fell on the roof of a 2004 Suzuki four-door sedan driven by Rosetta Lea Costello, 50, of Central Point killing her instantly, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Medical Examiner.
The victim was on her way to work last Friday, Jan. 4, about 6:09 a.m. in the 6900 block of Cyprus Drive, Central Point during the severe storm, that included heavy rain and high wind gusts.
Prospect and Butte Falls as well as Lake Creek were targets for
Friday’s storm. Don Grissom lost a barn, Cascade Ranch had major damage
to a pole barn and Hwy. 140 was shut down for a time. Downed power
lines, fallen trees even blocked Butte Falls Ambulance from being able
to get their ambulance out to answer a call.
had trees and power lines down and in at least one case a tree fell
into a residence. A tree fell in to the bedroom of Eagle Point area
resident Bob and Natalie Cole. Natalie had gotten out of bed when the
tree pinned Bob down while he was still in bed. According to reports,
he was hospitalized with the major injury apparently a broken pelvis.
and creeks rise rapidly in this type of storm. On Friday morning the
Rogue River measurement at Gold Rey was 3660 cfs and Saturday morning
it was 15,495. At Grants Pass the river went from 3950 cfs to 22166 cfs
in 24 hours.
Forecasters were predicting snow levels down
to as low as 1000 ft. by Sunday, which means the rain won’t be washing
away the snow at higher levels, which should prevent flooding.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent