Flood warning through Friday for Coos and Curry Counties

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Coos and Curry Counties are on flood watch through Friday as storm waters start to cause problems for some coastal residents, the National Weather Service said.

The Coos County Emergency Management Team is warning the public to be cautious as a series of storms move through the area.

"Please don't drive through flooded areas," said Michael Murphy of the Emergency Management Team. "Number one, you don't even know if there's a road there. It could be washed out or damaged and you could be driving into a big hole, only one foot of water is enough to move a vehicle off the road."

Murphy said to keep an eye out for landslides and debris.

Heavy rainfall caused some flooding on the Coquille River on Tuesday into Wednesday.

The wastewater plant in Myrtle Point has too much storm water and not enough room for it, which is forcing wastewater to bypass into the river.

"You don't want to drink that water, just stay out of it just know that it's potentially contaminated," said Murphy.

While we'll see a lot of water this week, Murphy says we're still at 20 percent less than average rainfall.

"Even if we had normal rainfall until May or June we'd get back to about half (of average). So we're along ways from breaking the drought," he said.