COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Widespread flooding across the region is prompting Kootenai County leaders to declare a flood disaster emergency and more rain is in the forecast.
Homeowners on Ebbtide Drive in Coeur d'Alene are hoping the tide ebbs soon.
“It's the worst I've seen,” homeowner Scott said.
Sandbags are piled up in backyards as a barrier to keep the Spokane River from flowing any further.
“To have this much water in the yard is not good,” Scott said.
Harbor Island in Coeur d'Alene is usually a serene community, but those living here have had a front row seat to the rising river.
“It's probably two or three feet back there,” Scott said of his backyard.
His home is now an island, surrounded by floodwater. His garden is waterlogged and his fire pit is submerged.
“The worst part is you worry about your water, you know, and the septic situation, which everybody on the island is on well and septic,” Scott said.
Not only is there flooding in Scott's backyard, but his front yard and street are covered in floodwater.
“Some people can get through it. A neighbor down there actually towed their car for two houses so they could get out of here,” he said.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is warning that the Spokane River is dangerous. Currents are treacherous and frigid water will cause hypothermia in as little as 15 minutes. Deputies say boaters on the river are creating high wakes that are damaging homes. As a boater, you could be responsible for that damage.