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Flood warning in place for Cataldo

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CATALDO, Idaho -

A weekend filled with warm weather, wind and rain has Kootenai County Emergency Management staff on alert. Since Friday Emergency Management has been on standby and also have had pumping equipment ready to go in Cataldo if Coeur d'Alene river levels continue to rise. 

The area is currently in a flood warning until Tuesday afternoon because of on-and-off showers, but Sandy Von Behren, with Emergency Management, says the river levels have fallen since Sunday and are expected to continue to fall.

This news comes as a relief to Cataldo residents like Dennis Baysinger whose home every year seems to turn to waterfront property when flood season kicks in.

"All of this water here," Baysinger says pointing to a completely flooded backyard, "It came in yesterday within 12 hours, before that there wasn't any water here."

Baysinger says he's lived in Cataldo since he was two years old, and the area floods every year. Flooding in February, however, isn't something that happens often. While the levels are receding, he's still concerned an early spring run off doesn't necessarily mean the flood season is completely over.

"As warm as it is and the way our weather is, i'm definitely worried," says Baysinger.

For Baysinger, flood season doesn't just mean he'll lose his yard for a couple of days, his disabled mother lives just a few feet away, and a boat is the only way to get her out of the house this time of the year.

"It's hard for her to get up and down," says Baysinger. "She'll call us when she needs something and we'll come check on her a few times a day."

Baysinger says in a town that's known to flood, this part of life is routine.

"Some years it's a little harder than others."

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