|RIVER WATCH RECOMMENDED|
BE PREPARED 1-16-13 LMS
City officials are advising residents along the banks of the Salmon River to be prepared in the event of overflow problems caused by the constant jamming, opening then re-jamming of ice flows in the river.
Areas of most concern are along North Terrace Street, the North St. Charles Camp Ground area, River Street and Water Street.
According to Dale Ford who has been documenting river conditions for 30 years, there are two ice jams in the river. There is the ice jam that annually forms downriver at Deadwater and has currently built south to about six and a half miles north of Salmon at Morgan Bar.
The second one is the jam that keeps forming and reforming between Buddy’s Restaurant and the Salmon River/Lemhi River confluence which is presently the one of most concern. It was about two miles long when it caused flooding on the north end of Island Park. A channel has since opened which dropped water levels. As of Wednesday night that ice jam was between Buddy’s and the Shady Nook Restaurant. Due to the nature of ice jam formation he said the rise and fall of river levels can happen very quickly. If current cold temperatures persist he foresees a meeting of the two ice jams by this weekend.
A large culvert at River Street provides an outflow for Kid’s Creek and when clogged with ice areas along Kid’s Creek can be affected by overflows from the creek therefore homeowners in that area should be alert as well as along the river.
Preparation is always the best defense against loss of property so, just in case, it is always best to have some contingency plans in place and stay tuned for river updates.
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