Now that the rains have taken a breather, it’s the Willamette River’s turn to swell up and head for Portland. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from these “drive by” shots from Loren and Genn Hathaway as they navigated the junction of Highways 20 and 34 just west of Philomath where Mary’s River is backing up trying to dump its load of water into the Willamette. We’re supposed to resume the “Rain Mode” clear through the week, which may make driving a bit dicey. While motoring along, keep a watchful eye out for low-lying areas filling with water. If you hit ’em too fast, there’s no telling which way you’ll be facing coming out the other side. So keep it cautious.
While the Willamette is still officially at flood stage, it is starting to recede. Both the Alsea and Siletz Rivers are below flood stage already.