Snowmelt, unstable ground leads to northern Idaho mudslides

Snowmelt, unstable ground leads to northern Idaho mudslides

Mud, unstable ground and debris are causing major issues on roads and homes in northern Idaho.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Bonner County crews are working to clear multiple roads damaged by mudslides in recent weeks.

Bonner County Emergency Management Director Bob Howard says heavy rainfall in October and a healthy winter snowpack now melting means the soil is extremely saturated, leading to slides.

Crews on Thursday worked to open East River Road after a mudslide damaged the roadway and knocked out power in the area. A mile north, a road remains closed due to an unstable hillside causing the road to collapse. In the same area, a mudslide briefly closed Peninsula Road last week and a mudslide at milepost 2 on Highway 57 cut off traffic for several hours on Sunday.