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Rogue Farms Reopens, But Bigger Floods Are Coming

With the Willamette River back inside its banks and Wigrich Road safe to drive, we reopened Rogue Farms to the public.

But we won’t stay open for long. Today for sure and probably Thursday. More rain is headed our way and if the forecast is correct, the next round of floods will come fast and furious.

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service. Heavy rains return this afternoon and we’re expecting 2 – 3 inches of rain to fall here by Friday morning.  All the moisture will go directly into the Willamette River, rapidly pushing it five feet higher in about 24 hours. Starting Friday morning, the river will coming pouring back into Rogue Farms and fill up the hopyard with water three feet deep!

It’s worth repeating that flooding is notoriously hard to predict. It all depends on what Mother Nature decides to do.

How To Read This Graph: The orange line across the top shows you when we expect flooding at Rogue Farms. The line of diamonds below it shows you the average river level for this time of year.

How To Read This Graph: The orange line across the top shows you when we expect flooding at Rogue Farms. The line of diamonds below it shows you the average river level for this time of year.

Here’s what you’ll see if you drop by today.

messy road

Wigrich Road, which leads into Rogue Farms, is a mess but passable.

Water on road

Just as you enter the farm it narrows down to one lane because there is still some water on the road.

We have a few inches of water left in the hopyard, and a lot of mud.

We have a few inches of water left in the hopyard, and a lot of mud. Good thing we have boots.

This week’s flooding will be serious. The farm buildings could be stranded like an island for a couple of days.

But we’re also mindful that winter floods and rain are part of the terroir of the Willamette Valley. They keep it moist and warm in winter, while building the the lush alluvial soils of Rogue Farms. They are one of the reasons why we are blessed to farm in one of the finest hops growing regions of the world.

If you can drop in today or tomorrow to see how we’re dealing with the floods, please do. We’ll have a beer ready for you. Starting Thursday we strongly recommend calling us ahead of time to check on road conditions. Our phone number is 503-838-9813. Should you happen to see water on Wigrich Road, then turn around. We don’t want our guests taking chances and we’ll reopen for good sooner than you know it.

From floods to fields and grain to glass, we’re Growing The Revolution!

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