By Aubrey Wieber

The Bulletin

With warmer weather moving in this week, local officials fear the consequences of quick melting of the massive amount of snow that has fallen in Central Oregon.

Deschutes County, in partnership with several cities, has set up stations where residents can fill up sandbags to create a barrier if they fear flood damage. Previously, the forecast was calling for heavier rain and warmer temperatures this week than what is now anticipated. As of Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service called for chances of rain throughout the week, with highs in the 40s.

Despite colder, drier weather, Deschutes County said in a news release that the opportunity for urban flooding still exists.

Sandbag-filling stations will be open starting at 8 a.m. today. The stations will have bags and sand, but residents will be required to fill the bags. The county suggests going with a partner so one person can hold the bag open while the other fills. The county also asks those who use the station to fill extra bags for those who are physically unable to do so themselves.

Stations will be set up at the following locations in Bend:

• Pacific Crest Middle School, 3030 NW Elwood Lane

• Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office upper parking lot, just south of the main building at 63333 U.S. Highway 20

• Bend Streets and Operations headquarters, 575 NE 15th St.

• South Bend Fire Station, 61080 Country Club Drive

• Deschutes County Road Department, 61550 SE 27th St.

In Redmond, stations will be at the following locations:

• Umatilla Sports Complex, 3000 SW Umatilla Ave.

• Spud Bowl, 164 SW 15th St.

• Quince Park, 1101 NW Quince Ave.

In Sisters, a location will be set up at Sisters City Hall, 520 E. Cascade Ave. Stations will also be set up at the Sunriver Public Works building at the Deschutes County South Services Building located at 51340 U.S. Highway 97 in La Pine.

— Reporter: 541-383-0376, awieber@bendbulletin.com

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