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Cataldo Residents Waiting for Possible Flooding

CATALDO, Idaho - The flood watch continues along many north Idaho rivers as the national weather service expects river and stream levels to rise sharply by this weekend.

The Coeur d'Alene River near Cataldo hasn't started flooding yet, but with the warmer temperatures in the forecast, it's only a matter of time before all the snow pack in the mountains starts to melt, and people living in Cataldo along the river are hoping that it just doesn't melt too quickly.

Wade Kahn stood on the bank of his property along the Coeur d'Alene River today, watching the water slowly work it's way onto his land.

"Probably another couple days, it's probably going to come up," said Wade Kahn, Cataldo resident. "She's coming up a little bit slow but she's coming up steady."

Flooding is something he expects every spring.

"As long as it gets done before Memorial Day I'll be happy," said Kahn.

The National Weather Service is predicting water to rise above flood stage by Sunday in the Kootenai, Moyie, Coeur d'Alene, and St. Joe basins

Right now the Coeur d'Alene River is just over 40 feet.

"At 42 just before it goes to 43 that's when I start moving cars," said Kahn.

But for now Kahn is mostly just keeping a close eye on things.

"I just move everything to higher ground as it comes up, we peel a bunch of it out of here," said Kahn.

And he's remaining optimistic that the weather will cooperate enough to keep his property safe.

"You prepare for the worst and hope for the best that's all," said Kahn.

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