No major losses reported due to Sprague flooding
Floyd, Herald and News 2/14/17
Authorities are considering the response to recent floods along
the Sprague River a success after no damage to homes and no
injuries to persons were reported.
Flood waters continued to recede Monday and all flood risks were
expected to have passed by early Tuesday morning.
Klamath County Disaster and Emergency Services Manager Morgan
Lindsay said, despite many fields and roads that were submerged
by the floods, she had yet to learn of any homes damaged by
“The fact that nobody was severely impacted makes it a success,”
The Sprague River began flooding Friday after a week of heavy
rains as well as warmer temperatures that caused snow
accumulation to melt. The river crested at more than 9.5 feet in
the Beatty area Friday afternoon and continued downstream,
cresting in Sprague River Sunday night. Flood waters were
expected to recede Monday night or Tuesday morning after passing
through the Chiloquin area.
Lindsay led efforts by Klamath County to educate residents about
the impending flood risks and make sure sand bags were
available. The county partnered with area fire and EMS agencies
as well as community groups and Community Emergency Response
“This was an extremely successful response both by responders
and the community in general,” said Lindsay.
She said, as of Monday, county workers and volunteers were still
out in the affected areas, checking on residents and structures
to ensure there was no need for emergency assistance. Lindsay
said, though rain and snow are predicted for later this week, it
appears unlikely the river will flood again because much of the
snow accumulation has already melted.
“We feel that most of the risk has passed at this point,” she
said, adding, “Anything is possible.”
Expense to the county because of the flood is expected to be
minimal. On Thursday Lindsay told county commissioners she would
come in well below estimates of $15,000 for the response due to
the heavy involvement of volunteers and partner agencies and
said, at the time, she had spent around $1,000 for sandbags.
Lindsay was instructed by commissioners to spend what was
reasonably necessary to respond to the flood and a budget
amendment for final costs is expected to come before
commissioners during a future meeting.
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