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Flooding concerns prompt North Idaho emergency declaration

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SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho - Anticipating flood damage after this winter's record snowpack, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter declared a disaster emergency Wednesday for Shoshone County.

The warm temperatures being predicted could cause normal spring runoff to quickly escalate into a flooding situation, putting lives and property at risk. The declaration makes it possible for Shoshone County to get state support, if needed, to deal with the emergency. 

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Shoshone County officials are especially 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.

"This declaration allows for state assets, personnel and equipment to rapidly be deployed to areas of concern within Shoshone County," Governor Otter said. "We will help the citizens of Shoshone County help themselves in dealing with this challenge."

"The men and women of the Idaho Military Division, and particularly the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, are prepared to assist when disaster strikes," said Major General Larry Lafrenz, Idaho Adjutant General.