Waterways Of Jackson County and Flood History
During the last century, Jackson County has experienced at least 12 major floods, the landmark flood occurring in 1964. This flood set most of the high-water records for the region. In late December 1996 and early 1997, Jackson County experienced another destructive flood, known as the “New Year’s Day Flood.” This flood caused over $12 million in damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure in Jackson County. More than 1,500 people were evacuated and 1,000 properties damaged. The latest flood, which was less destructive than the “New Year’s Day Flood”, occurred on December 30, 2005 and, again, homes, businesses and infrastructure within Jackson County were damaged.
The drainage basins for Jackson County drain into the Rogue River and can be broken down into 3 large basins:
- The Applegate River basin
- The Bear Creek basin
- The upper/middle Rogue River basin
Floods are very dangerous. Even though flood waters appear to move slowly, moving water six inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Water two feet deep can float a car. Never attempt to cross a flooded area, especially moving flood waters.