Disaster declared to handle flooding

Bonners Ferry, Idaho - City officials in Bonners Ferry signed a disaster declaration Tuesday to handle imminent flooding, as the Kootenai River crests above flood stage. The declaration is designed to protects property and people and requests the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Boundary County, in effect until July 2nd. City officials cite heavy rain, the rise of the Kootenai River and the runoff from the Moyie River and the Yaak River downstream from the Libby Dam.

According to the declaration, there is "undercutting and damage to the levees protecting the area surrounding Bonners Ferry" and the city storm drains are backing up. The city is "unable to remove storm water from the downtown area without additional pumping resources." The city says its exceeding its ability to provide adequate flood-fighting efforts and levee repair. That's why the city has requested the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.