HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

It’s the season — for the rivers to rise

Written December 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

This is one place where the Calapooia River overflows into Bryant Park when the river rises.

Every time there’s heavy rain, the Albany rivers rise, and they did so this time as well.

Anticipating this, the Albany Parks Department closed the gates to Bryant Park. You can still get in on foot or on a bike, as I did this morning. Other people did as well, walking with their children or exercising their dogs.

This is why they closed the entrance gate to Bryant Park. The exit gate was closed as well.

Downstream on the Willamette, Bowman Park was open and the parking lot was dry. But you’d need waders to reach the floating dock. (And maybe a life vest as well.)

A lone gull keeps an eye out on the dock at Bowman Park around mid-day.

All of this is routine for the season when the weather turns wet. The Willamette was not expected to reach its “action stage” of 21.5 feet this go-around, let alone the 25-foot flood stage.

And if you want to keep up with the changing river levels, this is a good place to start. (hh)



   

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