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E. WASH./N. IDAHO - Idaho's governor C.L. "Butch" Otter added Beneway County to North Idaho's flood emergency declaration Thursday.

He added Boundary County to the list Wednesday.

The addition brings the total number of Idaho counties eligible to receive state assistance to seven. They are Shoshone, Idaho, Clearwater, Boundary, Bonner, Benewah and Kootenai Counties.

The eastbound exit off I-90 at Cataldo (exit 40) remains closed due to water at the bottom of the off-ramp.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Sunday sent a team of Marine Deputies with two vessels to Cataldo to assist in areas cut off by flood waters.

Crews encountered difficulty because the water was too shallow to launch motor boats but too deep to drive vehicles, and the current was too strong to use dinghys.

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Latour Creek Road, CCC Road, River Road and Killarney Lake Road all have sections completely covered by water. If necessary marine deputies will ferry emergency responders across the flooded areas.

Crews in Cataldo began a 24-hour pumping operation to help remove standing water from the town.

The National Guard in North Idaho said Sunday that crews were completing assessments after a dam in Bonner County was damaged by high waters. They also reported several structures threatened by rising waters in the town of Burke, in Shoshone County.

Flood Warnings remain in effect for the Coeur d'Alene River at Cataldo in Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, and the St. Joe River at St. Maries, in Benewah and Shoshone Counties.

The Coeur d'Alene River is expected to crest Sunday a little over 2145 feet in elevation or just over two feet over flood stage.

Sunday the USGS took water samples of the Coeur d'Alene River in Kingston to test for sediments. All campsites in the Kingston area remained closed Sunday.

"No-Wake Zones" are in effect in Coeur d'Alene, meaning boaters are not allowed to create any wakes, in any sections of the water, including the entire Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Department urges people not to swim in the Spokane river this weekend as high temperatures could push water to dangerously high levels.

Officials warn that not only are waters moving very quickly in certain areas, but it is also still extremely cold and even short exposures could lead to hypothermia.

The rising water in the region is blamed on unseasonably warm temperatures combined with above normal snow pack. Temperatures between Friday and Monday will be 15 to 20 degrees above normal, but cooler weather forecasted to arrive with a cold front on Tuesday are expected to slow the rate of melting snow.