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LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -- Flooding, slides and downed trees were causing major problems in Lincoln County Thursday as snow melted during heavy rain.

The county was declared a disaster area by Governor John Kitzhaber, along with Marion, Coos and Benton counties.

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The National Weather Service predicted one to three inches of more rain Thursday night with conditions declining into the evening.

Area residents were advised to use extreme caution when traveling due to road closures, high water and flooding.

The Alsea and Siletz rivers were expected to crest by 4 p.m. Thursday. As a reference, river levels during the historic 1996 floods peaked at 24.5 feet on the Siletz River and this event was expected to peak 1 foot below that.

Lincoln County residents were encouraged to monitor the Northwest River Forecast Center online and also check the latest road conditions via TripCheck at or 511 on cell phones.

These resources and road closures can be found on the Lincoln County Emergency Management Website.

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