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Otter signs Disaster Declaration for 7 north Idaho counties with flooding, avalanches, landslides

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 17:56:34-04

Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter has signed State Disaster Declarations for seven north central and northern Idaho counties currently managing flooding-related issues as a result of snowmelt and ongoing precipitation.

Residents in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah and Shoshone counties are preparing for, or responding to, flooding, landslides and avalanches. 

“Water levels along the Coeur d’ Alene River, the St. Joe River, and numerous other bodies of water within each of the counties in the state declaration, have risen dramatically, causing widespread flooding, mudslides, water over roads, damaged levees and flooding of homes and basements. Two homes have received significant damage due to mudslides,” said Idaho Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Elizabeth Duncan.

The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is working with the US Army Corp of Engineers and various state agencies to meet the requests for help in the impacted areas.

A total of 25 Idaho counties currently have local declarations related to either snowfall or flooding-related events.