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Jordan Road near Lake Billy Chinook reopens after slides, flooding from third straight stormy night

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Heavy rain caused flooding, slides along Jordan Road at Lake Billy Chinook late Saturday
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KTVZ radar showed some of the numerous thunderstorms moving north through the High Desert Saturday evening
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Ty Vizenor
Large hail from Madras storm Saturday
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Daisy Rouse
Lightning again crackled across the C.O. sky Saturday, as in this scene from Juniper Canyon near Prineville
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Kennith Shroyer
Quarter-sized hail hit Madras on Saturday
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Randy Panek
A full rainbow Saturday evening at Three Rivers near Lake Billy Chinook
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Mylisa Harper
A lightning show in the skies over Madras

(Update: Two more fire starts stopped small in Badlands)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A third straight night of thunderstorms rumbled through Central Oregon Saturday evening, bringing more lightning, thunder, rain and hailstorms, sparking several wildfires, most caught small, while prompting a flash flood warning and Jefferson County road closure due to high water.

A text alert from Jefferson County 911 dispatchers around 10 p.m. said Jordan Road was closed at Lake Billy Chinook was closed due to flooding. It reopened around 3:30 p.m., Sunday, but drivers were urged to still use caution in the area.

Sheriff's Corporal Bryan Skidgel said Sunday that the heavy rain had caused several slides, but Jefferson County Public Works crews quickly cleaned things up and no one became trapped, as campers were able to retrieve their tents and leave the area..

The National Weather Service in Pendleton issued numerous strong or severe thunderstorm warnings east of the Cascades Saturday afternoon and evening, advising of potentially damaging winds and hail.  

A Madras-area weather spotter reported hail nearly an inch in size, while smaller hail was reported near Prineville.

Central Oregon firefighters responded to four lightning-sparked fire starts late Saturday -- two near Sisters, one east of the Bend Airport and one near Tumalo. Officials said all were held to under a quarter-acre and contained.

To the east, Gilliam County fire personnel and BLM engine crews stopped forward progress on the lightning-sparked Rattlesnake Fire, which was mapped at 350 acres. The fire was spotted Friday near Rock Creek, above the John Day River, and winds Saturday increased fire activity. 

Firefighters picked up two new starts Sunday from Saturday’s lightning on Prineville District BLM-managed lands east of Bend in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. Both were held at under 1/10 of an acre.

Several cities around the inland Northwest broke or tied records Saturday, including Redmond, which tied a May 20th record of 87 degrees set in 1967.

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