A collaborative endeavor between Jackson & Josephine County Emergency Management to help the citizens of the Rogue Valley prepare for and respond to disasters
The Rogue River is Grants Pass' best known scenic and recreational feature. But heavy rains can turn our normally peaceful river into a raging current that can, and will, reclaim nearby low lands as its own.
The Rogue has flooded the city more than a dozen times in the past 130 years. The most recent flood (January 1, 1997) caused $10 million in damages to homes, businesses, agriculture, roads and bridges in Josephine county.
ALERT! A Winter Storm Warning and Flood Watch are in effect for portions of the area. Click here to view area map.
Sandbag Construction - The use of sandbags is a simple, but effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage. Properly filled and placed sandbags can act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of through buildings. Sandbag construction does not guarantee a water-tight seal, but is satisfactory for use in most situations .Sandbags are also used successfully to prevent overtopping of streams with levees, and for training current flows to specific areas... Click here to continue reading.
Sand and sandbags are available from local retailers throughout the Rogue Valley. Although this is a list of retailers that typically carry stock you may want to call the retailers to check current inventory.
Please note that although there are a few municipalities that give sand and/or bags away for free, you will generally need to purchase your own.
Click to Download a PDF of Waterways and Potential Flood Areas Map
It is YOUR responsibility to protect your home and property.
Are you in a flood zone? Click here to look up addresses of concern.