JOHN DAY - Residents braced for another day of damage control, as the John Day River and its tributaries continued to run at or above flood stage Monday morning.

Overnight rain and up to 2 inches of snow at the higher elevation left the promise of more high water in town and at low-lying areas throughout the river system.

The river at John Day was just over the flood stage of 8 feet at 5 a.m. Monday, May 16, according to the National Weather Service.

U.S. Geological Survey charts from the river gauge show the river rose some 3 feet at that point over the weekend. It was projected to peak at 8.2 feet late Monday morning, and then gradually drop to below flood stage again.

The North Fork at Monument continued to run high - at 15.54 feet early Monday, compared to the normal flood stage of 14 feet.

Also running strong was the Middle Fork John Day, where water washed across County Road 20 in several places, eroding the road shoulder.

The National Weather Service continued its flood warning for Grant County Monday, predicting continued flooding as the rivers gradually recede.

In John Day, Grant School District 3 officials canceled classes on Monday as they continued to cope with floodwaters and assess damage to facilities at and near Grant Union High School.


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