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CA, OR on flood alert

Rivers are at their highest levels in years in parts of California and Oregon.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 29, 2005

Rivers are at their highest levels in years in parts of California and Oregon.

Flood warnings were issued for parts of northern California. One death in that state was attributed to the series of winter storms that have been sweeping through the region this week.

In Oregon, residents of Kerby - in the southwest part of the state - were warned they might face flooding in homes and businesses along the Illinois River.

Kerby was warned by the National Weather Service to prepare for "major flooding" but emergency management officials said they believed no evacuations or sheltering would be necessary.

Among many areas in Oregon inundated by recent storms, Kerby was at highest risk for damage, said local emergency management officials.

Flooding was expected on the Rogue River as well, particularly near the Gold Ray Dam.

Water levels could rise four feet above flood stage in Grants Pass, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rain combined with snow-melting temperatures have caused water levels to rise throughout Oregon and California. Two upcoming storms swirling off the coast could deliver even more rain by the end of this week.

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