LA GRANDE — The National Weather Service office in Pendleton has issued a flood warning for the Grande Ronde River near Perry.
The warning is in effect from Thursday afternoon until Friday afternoon or until the Weather Service issues a cancellation.
The flood stage for that stretch of the river is 6.6 feet, according to the Weather Service, and it was at 6.1 feet as of Thursday at 1:15 p.m. The office reported the water is likely to rise above flood stage late Thursday afternoon and continue to rise overnight to about 7 feet, which could produce minor to moderate flooding.
Union County Emergency Services reported areas throughout the county have experienced high water.
"As a precautionary measure, do not drive vehicles through high water areas and avoid passage through these areas if at all possible," the local department warned. "Union County continues to monitor this situation and have sandbags available if needed."
The sandbags are at Union County Public Works, 10513 N. McAlister Road, Island City.
"There are a few bags already filled, but citizens may need to fill their own," according to the announcement from the county. "Materials to do so are available on site."
The Weather Service predicted the river will fall below flood stage Friday.