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The National Weather Service predicted as much as three inches of rain through Saturday, raising the the threat of new flooding in low-lying parts of the mid-valley.

On Saturday morning, no major flooding had been reported.

The city of Albany closed Lochner Road S.E. because of high water Friday afternoon.

High water near the intersection of Lochner and Ellingson roads was a factor in a crash that resulted in a flipped Mitsubishi Eclipse. No one was hurt.

Linn County Friday posted cautions for high water on more than a dozen county road segments, mostly in the Halsey and Scio areas.

The city of Albany has posted a notice of “contaminated water” in the Willamete River, required whenever heavy rains cause a sewer interceptor along the river to overflow.

City crews planned to check the Perwinkle Creek culvert at Geary and Queen before the end of the day Friday to make sure it was not overflowing. Two people died during the January flooding when a car got into the culvert.

As of late Friday afternoon, the water in the creek near the culvert was still well below the level of the adjacent walking and bike path.

Mid-valley rivers remained below flood stage in the Willamette Basin Friday afternoon, although the North Santiam at Jefferson was bank-full at 12.1 feet, still nearly three feet below flood level.

The National Weather Service expected the heaviest rains to begin between 8 and 10 p.m. Friday.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was warning residents near the Marys River at Philomath and the Alsea River at Alsea to expect possible flooding. Both are expected to crest around 5 p.m. today.

No flooding had been reported to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office as of Friday evening, but water was reaching road levels, especially in the Scio area, said Sgt. Kevin Guilford.

Guilford said the office anticipated water levels to be higher today.

“Don’t travel unless you need to,” he said.

In Albany, the public can report any water problem related to streets, sewage or stormwater by calling 541-917-7600.

As of Friday morning, the Hyslop Farm weather station reported total rainfall for the month at 10.4 inches, well above the average through the date of 4.46. The wettest March on record was in 1904, when 11.7 inches was recorded.

The second wettest March in the mid-valley was in 1916, with 10.81 inches for the month.

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