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Coeur d'Alene prepares for flooding

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Warmer temperatures during the next week could cause localized flooding around Coeur d'Alene.

Anyone who notices localized flooding should call the Streets & Engineering Department at (208) 769-2234 or (208) 415-0400.

Localized flooding can occur due to snow and ice covering stormwater drains throughout the community.  Even snow that has turned to slush can plug drains and may need to be cleared.  Crews are already out working to clear catch basins at various intersections.

With water over the roadways, these tips are encouraged:

·         Slow down when driving, even small amounts of water on roads can cause a vehicle to hydroplane.

·         Don't drive over flooded areas if possible. When in doubt - turn around! If floodwaters on roadways are               next to rivers or lakes, do not drive into the water as the road could be washed away.

·         Rapid thawing can cause pot holes in roads, please be aware of this to avoid tire and vehicle damage.

·         Again: Use caution when driving, slow down.

Rural residents are encouraged to also begin clearing any drains near their property as well.