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Flood waters going away but leaving debris

KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said that even though water levels in the area are dropping, high waters are posing new problems in the forms of contamination and debris.

County officials say that even though water levels are decreasing, it is happening very slowly, levels are still at or above flood stage.

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By 7:45 Sunday morning the water level at Lake Coeur d'Alene was measured at 2134.25 feet, about 1.25 feet above flood stage.

Large amounts of debris are beginning to appear on shorelines and in waterways, creating a need for resources to clean up the mess.

People who've placed sandbags are asked to keep them in place until waterways are well-below flood stage.

The National Weather Service says the amount of snow pack remaining in area mountains is about the same as what they would expect in a "normal" year.

However, if weather patterns cause that snow pack to melt soon, we could see another increase in the water levels and more flooding.