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Kootenai County declares state of emergency

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency Friday in anticipation of flooding over the next several days.

High waters are not currently causing problems in areas other than low-level farm fields in eastern Kootenai County.

County officials say the declaration qualifies the County for State and Federal funds and establishes the Sheriff as the Incident Commander for all flood operations in the County.

County officials also say County Ordinance 6-2-6B limits Coeur d'Alene Lake, the Coeur d'Alene River and the Spokane River to "No Wake Zone" under any of the following circumstances:

  • When the Coeur d'Alene River reaches 2143 feet elevation at Cataldo
  • When the Coeur d'Alene River reaches 2172 feet elevation at Enaville
  • When Coeur d'Alene Lake reaches 2133 feet elevation at Tubbs Hill

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Coeur d'Alene River was at 2142.94 feet elevation at Cataldo and continuing to rise. The National Weather Service says the river is expected to crest Sunday a little more than two feet over flood stage.

In 1996 the river crested more than 8.5 feet over flood stage.

The "No Wake Zone" is intended to minimize high-water wave damage on waterfront properties along the rivers and lake. 

The Sheriff's Department wants to remind people with livestock to move them from low-lying pastures to higher ground.