High water precautions

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cautions rafters, anglers and irrigators to be aware of unusually high water levels in the Rogue and Applegate rivers.

“A series of storms over the next several days could increase releases from Lost Creek Dam up to 5,000 cubic feet per second and up to 2,000 cfs from Applegate Dam,” said Jim Buck, operations manager of the Rogue River Basin Project. “It’s rare to see releases above 3,500 cfs from Lost Creek this time of year so river users are urged to take extra precautions when in or on the water.”

The increase in flows may put summer rafters and anglers enjoying a high spring Chinook return at potential risk.  All river users should wear life jackets and be extra aware of debris in the water or of the possibility of being pushed into brush or other obstacles when on the Rogue or Applegate Rivers.

Irrigators with pumps in the rivers are encouraged to consider moving them to higher bank levels.

For more information about the Rogue River Basin Project, please visit the Portland District’s Web site at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/op/r/home.asp.

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