East Side of the Steens

Harney County, Oregon

Flood Watch

Flood Statement
National Weather Service Boise ID
1257 PM PDT Mon May 8 2023

…The Flood Warning is extended for the following rivers in Oregon…

Silvies River Near Burns affecting Harney County.

For the Silvies River…including Burns…Minor flooding is forecast.


Please report observed flooding to local emergency services or law enforcement and request they pass this information to the National Weather Service when you can do so safely.

Caution is urged when walking near riverbanks.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas.

Additional information is available at www.weather.gov.

The next statement will be issued Tuesday afternoon at 100 PM PDT.

ORC025-092000-/O.EXT.KBOI.FL.W.0005.000000T0000Z-230511T0235Z//BUSO3.1.RS.230428T1430Z.230506T1345Z.230510T2035Z.UU/1257 PM PDT Mon May 8 2023


* WHAT…Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.

* WHERE…Silvies River Near Burns.

* WHEN…Until Wednesday evening.

* IMPACTS…At 12.0 feet, Flooding of fields will occur in the Burns area. Water will encroach on some private properties along North Broadway Avenue, Foley Road, and Stancliff Road. Water will be close to flowing on to Highway 20 at the Silvies River Bridge. Low spots in the Burns RV Park may be impacted.

– At 12:00 PM PDT Monday the stage was 13.0 feet.
– Recent Activity…The maximum river stage in the 24 hours ending at 12:00 PM PDT Monday was 13.4 feet.
– Forecast…The river is expected to fall below flood stage early Wednesday afternoon and continue falling to 8.2 feet Thursday, May 18.
– Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
– Flood History…This crest compares to a previous crest of 13.1 feet on 02/20/1982.
– http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

Stay tuned to the latest river forecasts and remember, if you encounter a flooded roadway, TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN, you never know what road conditions are hidden under the water.
If you are concerned about flooding in your area and you’re in the Burns or Hines City Limits please contact City Hall at:
Burns: 541-573-5255
Hines: 541-573-2251
If you’re out in the County or it’s after hours please contact Harney County Dispatch at 541-573-6156.

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