Ice Jam Break Causes Flooding in Laurel - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ice Jam Break Causes Flooding in Laurel

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LAUREL -

Several Laurel residents who live on Byam Road are dealing with the after-effects of lots of snow and cold followed by much warmer temperatures.

An ice jam broke at the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River Friday afternoon.

After that happened, water flooded their homes, sending them scrambling.

On Friday afternoon, Sheriff Mike Linder says law enforcement rescued three people and two dogs stranded by the flood.

They were air-lifted out.

Other residents who escaped tell their story.

Kara Berumen was at home checking on water flow conditions when the ice started getting bigger and bigger and the trees started crashing down.

In about 10 minutes, it started to cross the road. I had a Rottweiler that was out in the front yard. I swam out and got him. got my other dog and couldn't make it across this way so we had to go the back way."

Within a matter of 15 minutes, she managed to escape the water's fury.

"It's kinda surreal. Everything I saw was surreal it was heartbreaking. It just happened so fast. Usually we can prepare for the floods. down here it's been bad but it just came within a matter of seconds and there wasn't enough time "

Although it was a frightening experience, Kara says she's relieved it's over.

"Don't take everything for granted. You don't know if it's going to be there tomorrow and it was really scary. Didn't know if I was going to get out in time and we did it. No one else got hurt and it sounds like we got everyone else out."

Officials are monitoring the area east along the Yellowstone River and say although there is ice, the water is still flowing well.

Their recommendation to those in the area? "Remain vigilant!"

You can mark a place on your property to see how fast water is rising and if you expect flooding, don't take any chances

Sandbags are also available at the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.

 

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