Submitted 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2006
Posted 8:45 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2006
Bonners Ferry, Idaho – Today Boundary County was advised the Libby Dam was at full pool. The water level in Bonners Ferry is predicated to reach levels between 1766.5 to 1767 feet by Sunday (June 18, 2006) morning.
The Army Corp of Engineers assisted in sandbagging The Kootenai River Inn today. This was a precautionary measure and water is not expected to reach the Inn. They also assisted in sandbagging a residence on the west side of the valley. There are no reported injuries as a result of the high water at this time. Volunteers from fire districts, church groups, ambulance personnel, Idaho Transportation Department, Boundary County Road and Bridge, Bonners ferry City employees, Kootenai River Inn employees and citizen all worked together sandbagging.
The weather forecast is for scattered rain showers over the weekend. This may change overnight as it has in the past. Residents are reminded that the forecasts provided to Boundary County Emergency Management Officials are weather dependant and can change hourly when the weather changes.
Boundary County Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance June 13, 2006 restricting watercraft on the river. This temporary restriction is designed to help ensure safety of the public and personnel conducting work along the riverbanks and dike system, as well as help reduce damage to our river banks.
County Emergency Management officials are advising farmers and ranchers with property that could be affected by seepage or high water tables to be aware that livestock and equipment might need to be moved to higher ground and to plan accordingly.
Landowners who have experienced any losses or any type of damage during the periods of high river levels are asked to report the damages to the Boundary County Agricultural Extension Office (208) 267-3235. Reports are voluntary and will be used to monitor overall conditions within the county; they will not constitute a request for any type of assistance.
Any person who feels they are in immediate danger due to river levels should call the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 267-3151.
If anyone is interested in tracking the changes one of the sources of data can be found at the following internet web address.http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?BFEI1.