Sprague River, Ore. – Recent storms are not only causing flooding problems west of the Cascades, but also in high desert areas to the east.
There’s currently a flood watch on the Sprague River in Klamath County.
Property owner Tina Sharp was at the Sprague River Community Center Wednesday morning getting some sandbags. “Just starting to come over the canal, and flooding out the back – so we’re here to get sandbags to fit around the trailer, and the pump house, and see if we can save it.”
Volunteer Dennis Gladney is helping Tina. “The water’s coming right up to the back of her property, so we’re just trying to prevent it from getting into the house.”
The Sprague River hasn’t flooded for 10 years, but it’s expected to reach flood stage Friday morning.
Ron Wright was one of several volunteers on hand in Sprague River to help fill sandbags. “And have this sand ready in case that river, and it’s looking pretty bad, starts flooding a lot of our residents right now.”
“I’ve heard quite a few people that are being pretty close to being under water.” Adds volunteer Diana Casey. “So I can only imagine they would be pretty nervous about it.”
Volunteers included toddler Mason DuBois. “I’m putting sand in here.” Noted the busy young volunteer.
The Klamath County Community Emergency Response Team, or ‘C.E.R.T.’, is also supplying needed information.
C.E.R.T. volunteer Rose Beardsley explains: “How to prepare for floods, how to sandbag – and what to do in the event of flood for sewer, water, mold, and drinking water safety.”
While Tina Sharp is watching the river closely, for now she doesn’t plan to leave home. “I’ll stay here until they tell me I have to leave.”
Teams were busy filling sandbags Wednesday at locations in Chiloquin, Bly, and Sprague River.
The National Weather Service is forecasting the Sprague River to crest Saturday morning, and remain above flood stage through early Monday.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.