Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring thaw, Just in from Weiser

Flooding along the Weiser River in Washington County, Steve Ritter photo

Spring Flooding in Washington County
Weiser-The Idaho Transportation Department closed Highway 95 along the Weiser River after the river flooded its banks for a mile stretch this afternoon.

Flood stage for the Weiser River is at 9.5 feet. The National Weather Service reported Wednesday morning the river was already two feet over flood level.

Water started flowing over the banks and onto nearby streets near Weiser including Cove and Coopers roads. Both roads were closed to traffic due to the flooding.

ITD sent out the closure alert just after 1:39 p.m. today.

The sheriff's office and the fire department were getting ready to put sandbags in front of one home according to Washington County dispatch.

The National Weather Service predicts the Weiser River will drop below flood level Friday morning.

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