Photo: Streamlined streamflow

Photo: Streamlined streamflow

Water trickles its way past the rocky shores of the North Umpqua River north of the Umpqua Community College campus in Winchester on Wednesday afternoon. The Oregon Water Resources Department said in its most recent report on Oct. 19 that streamflows in Douglas County were only flowing at 71% of normal, and most of the county is in what is considered an extreme drought. The National Weather Service in Medford reported that the Roseburg area received 23.49 inches of rain for the 2019-20 rain year ending on Sept. 30, which is well below the 30-year average of 36.22 inches per year. Douglas County has already fallen behind for the current rain year that began Oct. 1. Through Thursday, the county had recorded 0.97 inches of rain, well below the average of 2.24 inches by Oct. 29.

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