This is a blog largely about what I happen to see around Albany, and this week it was hard to miss that a bit of flooding had returned to Bryant Park, and Bowman too.
“Flooding” is too strong a term. The Calapooia and Willamette rivers had risen high enough on Tuesday that their waters were backing up into a low spot at Bryant. This happens every winter if there’s the usual amount of rain.
Actual flooding does not become a concern until the river level at Albany hits 25 feet. The level was at about 14 feet on Tuesday afternoon. By Friday night it had gone down to about 12 feet. In case you’re interested, and even if you’re not, at 12 feet on the Albany gauge the Willamette flows at a rate of about 28,000 cubic feet of water per second.
All this I got from the National Weather Service’s website here.
If the rain keeps up — and on Friday it resumed after a mostly dry Thursday — our riverside parks will likely look like this for a while. (hh)