N. Idaho residents deal with record rain, flooding

Published On: Jun 27 2012 12:51:06 PM PDT
Bonner's Ferry flooding
BONNER'S FERRY, Idaho -

Record rainfall for June has washed out county roads and is forcing residents in some corners of northern Idaho to deal with the challenges of flooding.

So far in June, Coeur d'Alene has received 5.5 inches, topping the previous mark of 5.09 inches set in 1947. Normal June rainfall is 1.9 inches.

In Bonner's Ferry, June rainfall is at 4.93 inches, surpassing a June record of 3.96 set in 1981.

The Kootenai River has yet to overflow its banks, but seepage is reported along some low-lying river stretches.

A storm Tuesday dumped more than an inch of rain in the Kootenai River basin, pushing the river slightly above flood stage. The Libby Dam and reservoir, upstream of Bonner's Ferry has been rising as much as 18 inches per day.