BOISE, Idaho. - Monday, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter declared State of Idaho disaster emergencies for 2 additional counties, Bonner County and Kootenai County.
This disaster declaration anticipates flooding damage and paves the way for additional state support to these counties, if that support is needed, to deal with high spring runoff.
Officials in the affected counties are concerned about threats to the lives of residents and flood damage to roads, bridges, municipal water supplies, farmland and water-supply pollution caused by flood water seeping into septic systems and drain fields.
Last week, Gov. Otter signed state disaster emergency declarations for three other counties. The addition of two more counties brings the total number of counties eligible to receive state assistance to five. They are Shoshone, Idaho, Clearwater, Bonner and Kootenai Counties.
The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security is the state's agency for implementing State of Idaho assistance to counties named in the disaster declaration. "The men and women of Idaho BHS continue to monitor the developing flood situation," said Idaho BHS director Col. Bill Shawver. "We are actively working with each of the affected counties to provide them with State of Idaho assistance as it's needed."
Gov. Otter, Idaho Adjutant General Larry Lafrenz and Col. Shawver plan to survey the affected counties Tuesday, May 20. Upon leaving Priest River, the ‘Capitol for a Day' for May 20, the group will travel to St. Maries, Shoshone County and Coeur d'Alene to gain a better understanding of the flood situation. The governor's team survey is scheduled to commence from Priest River at about 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.