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Coeur d'Alene recreation sites inaccessible

Flooding near St. Joe River Flooding near St. Joe River
Flooding near St. Joe River Flooding near St. Joe River
Flooding near St. Joe River Flooding near St. Joe River
Black Rock trail head for the Trail of the Coeur d"Alene bike path Black Rock trail head for the Trail of the Coeur d"Alene bike path
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Several Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recreation sites on and near Lake Coeur d'Alene have been or will soon be inaccessible due to flood-stage water levels. 

As of May 19, water began rising up and over the pavement at the Blackwell Island Boat Launch and the wetlands boardwalk was completely submerged.  This main gate at Blackwell Island may be closed as early as May 20 and will likely stay closed throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

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BLM also expects the following sites to be inaccessible within the next day or two:  Killarney Lake campground and boat launch, Mica Bay Boater Park and Windy Bay Boater Park.  "It is unfortunate that the flooding is coinciding with what is traditionally the big kickoff period for the summer season," stated BLM Field Manager Eric Thomson.  "We ask the public to use sound judgment and be patient during the next several weeks as we and numerous other public recreation providers sort out the potential damage and level of hazard for the public due
to this event."

Flood Hotlines

Shoshone County:
(208) 556-1983

Kootenai County:
(208) 446-2292

Benewah County:
(208) 245-4122

BLM's Huckleberry Campground on the St. Joe River has been closed due to high water.  This site may be reopened soon since the St. Joe River has already crested.  Thomson said he will reassess this closure on Wednesday.

Flooding Prediction MapsThomson encourages boaters to contact the various managing agencies prior to embarking on any boating trip over the next two weeks.  He also reminds the public to use extreme caution and not attempt driving through standing or flowing water over roadways or sites as the ground may be unstable.




City Waterfront Restrictions Announced

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - The National Weather Service has predicted that the level of Lake Coeur d'Alene will rise to 2315' by Friday, May 23. As a result, access to the docks at Independence Point will be closed Tuesday and may be closed this weekend if the water rises to 2135' or above.

Officials say similar access restrictions will occur at the 3rd Street boat launch ramps and docks.

All Cd'A docks are secure and there is no threat of damage to the docks as result of rising water. The difficulty is that the docks are not accessible by dry land.

Officials say the shoreline area will be covered with debris once the water recedes and assistance with shoreline clean-up would be appreciated. For more information you can contact the Parks Department at 769-2252.


City Prepares for Expected Minor Flooding; Urges Continued Extreme Caution Around River

SPOKANE, Wash. - With the Spokane River at flood stage and water levels expected to continue to rise for the next few days, the City of Spokane's Public Works Division and Fire Department are preparing for additional expected minor flooding and are continuing to urge citizens to use extreme caution around the Spokane River. 

While some flooding may occur in other areas, the City is anticipating that the Spokane River will spill onto:

  • Upriver Drive east of Mission Street.
  • Water Street at its dead end in Peaceful Valley.
Street Department crews will close these sections of street if the water extends over the pavement.  Motorists would be required to use alternate routes.  Barricades are already in place on the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive between Mission and Greene streets, and some public benches in this area are under water.

Flood Preparation Information

- CDC Emergency Preparedness
- Government Flood Safety Resources

Right now, the City is expecting only minor flooding along the Spokane River.  Street crews have sandbags and sand ready for use on public property if forecasts change for the worse.  Property owners who live or have businesses along the river should assess their own risk of flooding and take appropriate steps to mitigate any potential damage.

Meanwhile, City Fire officials repeat their safety concerns about the river.  The entire river is running high and fast, and water temperatures remain very cold.  The National Weather Service now says the Spokane River will crest sometime on Friday afternoon or early Saturday, however it is anticipated that the river will remain above flood stage until late this month.

The City is reminding residents to use extreme caution around the river:

o       Don't allow children to play in the river.  Moving water six inches deep can knock an adult off their feet, and the swift current can move a person downstream quickly.  Cold water temperatures also can cause hypothermia.

o       Don't attempt to drive over flooded roads.  Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles.  Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.

o       Observe road closure signs and stay out of barricaded areas.  Remember that portions of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive are barricade off.  Please obey that signage.

o       Be aware of the large debris in the river.  Higher water levels are pushing logs and other large debris into the river, increasing the danger to people.

o       Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have an emergency along the river!  With these conditions, problems can develop rapidly.  Don't wait to make that emergency call.

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