Flooding Leads To Quick Decisions By Water Managers In Southern Idaho

Feb 21, 2017

Emergency managers have brought in heavy equipment to deal with canals overflowing with ice. Record snowfall this winter, followed by a fast warming spell have put people in Idaho’s ag-centric counties on high alert.

Six counties have applied for state disaster declarations, and they could qualify for federal funding if conditions get worse. The Capital Press reports that Minidoka’s state declaration provided tens of thousands of sandbags to the county. Water managers opened the canal floodgates that feed the Oakley Reservoir for six days in February.

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter toured some of the flood damage in Cassia and Minidoka counties last Friday.

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