June 20, 2006
Today Boundary County was notified the Libby Dam pool receding slightly. The Libby Dam outflow is expected to remain the same today to give the pool necessary room for unexpected inflows. The water level in Bonners Ferry is predicated to recede slightly.
The Idaho State Department of Lands has entered into the incident to assist in several key components. Over the next few days several of the positions will be transitioning from local to state personnel to ease the burden on local officials. This will give needed relief to people who have been going non-stop since the incident began.
The weather is forecast for a drying trend. This may change 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