Flood Watches for Southern Oregon

, Posted: Fri, March 30 2012 at 8:06 AM, Updated: Fri, March 30 2012 at 8:50 AM

Jackson County is under a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service.

The Rogue River near Grants Pass and Eagle Point is expected to swell this weekend, due to a mix of rain and snow melt.

Flood watches also have been issued for most of northern California and the southern Oregon coast. The flood watch is issued through this Sunday.

Meantime, a landslide is blocking U.S.

101, about 11 miles south of Port Orford at mile point 310 as of early Friday morning. ODOT says, southbound traffic is being stopped at Port Orford and northbound traffic at mile point 316.

The highway was completely closed overnight and the active landslide area will be reassessed in the daylight.

Officials say use alternate routes for now.

And in Oregon's capitol, the spring rain brings down a massive tree!

It happened yesterday afternoon.

The tree blocked Edgewater Street and even crushed a vehicle parked along the street.

Crews worked for hours to cut down the tree and move it out the way.

No injuries were reported.

Governor John Kitzhaber's final appeal to FEMA for financial assistance for private homes damaged has been denied.

This following severe flooding to coastal counties back in January.

Oregon did not meet the criteria established by the Stafford Act to qualify for the individual assistance program.However, FEMA is currently working with the state and local governments to provide assistance for damaged public buildings which was approved for 12 counties.

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