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REPORT ON FLOODING INVESTIGATION 9-16-15 LMS

Salmon City Councilman Fred Waidely is the chairman of the cityís Public Works Team and he reported September 16 that the last team meeting was devoted to the investigation into what is causing the floods related to Kidís Creek.

He said several contributing aspects are being studied. It has been concluded that the vast majority of the water flows originate from irrigation ditches south of the city. Waidely said the water in the Summer is found to be excess ďtail waterĒ from the fields and pastures. There is also water that comes into town in a ditch from the Lemhi River, runs around the golf course, out past the Cemetery and goes south to those properties.

He said a third source of water is the spring at Kidís Creek Pond. The flow and volume of water is stable and is considered miniscule in comparison to other water flowing from irrigation ditches.

In February serious property damage resulted from a sudden thaw and subsequent heavy flows of water down Kidís Creek. Concern was reactivated in July when some flooding resulted from just under an inch of rain in a 24 hour period. Waidely said investigation indicates there are several areas in Kidís Creek that have obstructions such as roots, trees and miscellaneous items that impede water flow and cause dams to form. He said some culverts are possibly in need of replacement or repair. Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt will evaluate conditions and schedule work where needed.

The team decided to contact the water masters and since then Waidely has spoken with one of the two water masters who oversee water flows south of town. He has also scheduled a meeting with County Emergency Services Director Janet Nelson.

Later in the September 16 Council Meeting, as the council was developing a list of topics to discuss with the County Commissioners it was suggested that a cooperative city/county effort on the Kidís Creek flooding could be addressed. The date recommended for a joint meeting was mid-November after the elections so that any newly elected council officials could be in attendance.

Prior to that Waidely will meet with the Lemhi County Commissioners to begin Kidís Creek discussions.


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