Wood River Valley And Eastern Idaho Deal With Flooding

Mar 28, 2018

Rain and melting snow has lead to washed out roads and significant repair bills in south central and eastern Idaho.

Last week, more than three inches of rain and snow buckled some roads in the Wood River Valley. Alex Alberdi is with the Blaine County Road and Bridge Department.

“We’ve lost some roads, where the water undermined the asphalt, that have completely crumbled down,” says Alberdi.

He says the City of Triumph was hit hard and it will take crews a while to reopen all the roads.

“It was that warmer temperatures and rain that just killed us. Mostly because the ground hasn’t really thawed out yet. We haven’t gotten the frost out of the ground so everything just washed right over the top instead of soaking in.”

Blaine County isn’t the only place dealing with spring flooding headaches. In Eastern Idaho, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter’s office declared spring flooding disasters for Clark and Madison counties. State officials report 100 road washouts in Madison County alone.

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