An alert from the National Weather Service that started early this morning as a flash flood warning is now a flood warning in Washington County.
An ice jam blocking the Weiser River is causing flooding in the area around Weiser.
There has already been damage down by floodwaters as crews worked to rescue people trapped in floodwaters this morning. Fields in the area have been flooded with water and chunks of ice in at least one part reaching nearly the metal portion of stop signs.
The NWS is urging people near the river, particularly in the east end of the city of Weiser to take precautions to protect themselves and their property.
Right now a section of Highway 95 is also blocked in the area south of Weiser due to flooding. It is closed between Day Road and Appleton Lane. ITD is asking drivers to use Oregon Highway 201 to travel to Weiser.
At this point the warning is in effect until Saturday morning but could be called off before then.
As of 6 a.m. the river was at 9.4 feet. Flood stage is 9.5 feet and water levels are expected to hit close to 10 feet in the late morning. The NWS expects the river to drop back below flood stage by early Saturday morning.