RECORD AMOUNTS OF RAIN IN SOUTHERN OREGON HAS CAUSED THE ROGUE RIVER TO RISE SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS. GRANTS PASS HAD AN ESTIMATED 2.30 INCHES IN 24 HOURS. THAT NUMBER BREAKS THE OLD RECORD FOR APRIL 7TH OF 0.78 INCHES, SET IN 1972. MEDFORD SAW 0.86 INCHES ON MONDAY. FORECASTERS PREDICT HOWEVER THAT THE RIVER SHOULD BEGIN TO CREST AT 15 FEET TODAY.

IN THE MEANTIME, HEAVY RAINS IN SOME PLACES OF CURRY COUNTY, MOSTLY IN THE MOUNTAINS, SAW UP TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN TRIGGERING LANDSLIDES ALONG THE CHETCO RIVER ROAD AND WINCHUCK RIVER ROAD. THE ILLINIOIS RIVER WAS CLOSE TO CRESTING AROUND 6 LAST NIGHT, AS WELL AS THE APPLEGATE RIVER.