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Flooding woes continue in North Idaho

E. WASH./N. IDAHO - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Sunday sent a team of Marine Deputies with two vessels to Cataldo to assist in areas cut off by flood waters.

Crews encountered difficulty because the water was too shallow to launch motor boats but too deep to drive vehicles, and the current was too strong to use dinghys.

Latour Creek Road, CCC Road, River Road and Killarney Lake Road all have sections completely covered by water. If necessary marine deputies will ferry emergency responders across the flooded areas.

Crews in Cataldo began a 24-hour pumping operations to help remove standing water from the town.

The National Guard in North Idaho said Sunday that crews were completing assessments after a dam in Bonner County was damaged by high waters. They also reported several structures threatened by rising waters in the town of Burke, in Shoshone County.

Flood Warnings remain in effect for the Coeur d'Alene River at Cataldo in Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, and the St. Joe River at St. Maries, in Benewah and Shoshone Counties.

The Coeur d'Alene River is expected to crest Sunday a little over 2145 feet in elevation or just over two feet over flood stage.

Sunday the USGS took water samples of the Coeur d'Alene River in Kingston to test for sediments. All campsites in the Kingston area remained closed Sunday.

"No-Wake Zones" are in effect in Coeur d'Alene, meaning boaters are not allowed to create any wakes, in any sections of the water, including the entire Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Department urges people not to swim in the Spokane river this weekend as high temperatures could push water to dangerously high levels.

Officials warn that not only are waters moving very quickly in certain areas, but it is also still extremely cold and even short exposures could lead to hypothermia.

Officials say minor flooding along Hangman Creek near the confluence with the Spokane River downstream of the Maple Street bridge is possible as water coming down Hangman  "backs up."

The rising water in the region is blamed on unseasonably warm temperatures combined with above normal snow pack. Temperatures between Friday and Monday will be 15 to 20 degrees above normal, but cooler weather forecasted to arrive with a cold front on Tuesday are expected to slow the rate of melting snow.

Water Level Forecasts

Spokane/Kootenai Counties

  • Lake CDA is forecast to be at flood stage 2133 feet  by next Thursday.
  • The Spokane River is forecast to be up to flood stage 27 feet by next Thursday.

Shoshone/Kootenai/Benewah Counties

  • The CDA River at Enaville is currently forecast to crest at 71 feet on Sunday, just shy of the 72' Flood Stage. 
  • The CDA River at Cataldo is under Flood Watch and the CCC road is exected to flood.  Click here to see a google map of the area.
  • The St. Joe River at Calder is forecast to approach Flood Stage, cresting on Tuesday afternoon. 
  • The St. Joe at St Maries is forecast to go above flood stage by early Saturday. The high water from the lake will keep the St. Joe at St. Maries from lowering.  The St. Joe at St. Maries could remain above flood stage through the rest of May.

Boundary County

  • The Moyie River at Eastport is forecast to go above Flood Stage on Monday.
  • The Kootenai at Bonners Ferry isn't forecast to reach the Flood Stage of 64 feet, but it is forecast to reach 57 feet on Sunday.

Lewis/Nez Perce Counties

  • The Clearwater River at Spalding is forecast to crest near flood stage by Monday night.

Asotin County

  • The Grande Ronde at Troy is forecast to approach Flood Stage of 10 feet by early next week.
Okanogan County
  • The Methow River at Pateros may become a potential flood situation early next week.
Chelan County
  • Stehekin River is forecast to reach flood stage Sunday afternoon.
  • Entiat at Ardenvoir is forecast to approach flood stage as early as Sunday morning.
  • The Wenatchee River at Peshastin forecast to crest within a foot of flood stage Tuesday morning.