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Disaster declared in Bonner County due to flooding

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North Boyer Road near Schweitzer Creek was one of the most heavily affected roads. North Boyer Road near Schweitzer Creek was one of the most heavily affected roads.
BONNER COUNTY, Idaho -

Bonner County declares a disaster because of the flooding and washed out roads. The emergency management director, Bob Howard, says it’ll help get the resources they need much faster.

North Boyer Road near Schweitzer Creek was one of the most heavily affected roads. Howard says it’ll probably be closed for public travel for a few more days because the road and bridge professionals still need to work on it. It's also important not to drive over roads with water on them.

"Water's going over the road. It also undercuts the road underneath the road surface so we make sure that's not the case because there's a potential a car can break through and end up down the stream or in a flood situation or accident," Howard says.

People who live around the area say this is something you usually see in the spring.

“We left early this morning because we noticed that the creek below our house was running out of control and it was obviously jumping outside of the old creek bed and finding new paths down,” Bob Walsh says.

Bob and Lynne Walsh live near where the creek diverted. They got a text alert from the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office about the road conditions.

“You could hear the large boulders that were tumbling down the creek with the force of the water,” Lynne says about the

Snow melt and rain filled the waterways.

“We've been working on our property up here for eight years, had everything parked out, cleaned up, little benches that my husband built,” Lynne says. “That's all gone now. All underwater.”

They can take HWY 95 as a detour in the meantime.

“This is how we get in and out to our house,” Bob says. “So it'll be interesting to see what they'll have to do to get it back into its original creek bed.”

But they're not worried. They say they have confidence in the county's efforts.

If you would like updates, you can go to the Bonner County Emergency Management Office website: http://bonnercounty.us/emergency-management/.

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