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PREVENTATIVE MEASURES 2-3-16 LMS

City Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt told the February 3 meeting of the Salmon City Council there has been good progress on some preventative measures being taken in advance of potential run off from this yearís heavy snow pack.

The work is focusing on areas along Kidís Creek which overflowed a year ago when temperatures suddenly soared causing an instant thaw and equally instant flash flooding event.

Shanafelt said crews have been clearing obstructions from the creek between St. Charles Catholic Church on South St. Charles and Water Street. He said the city has sent letters seeking permission for city crews to enter private properties along the creek for the purpose of flood prevention work. He said that with permission five trees that were actually encroaching on the creek have been removed. Crews have also done a lot of tree trimming to make the area more accessible and holes left along the bank after tree removal have been repaired.

Shanafelt said they still have work to do in the area around St. Charles Church and as soon as the ground thaws they will be adding rip rap to banks where trees and root balls were extracted. He said the work that has already been done along that portion of waterway has opened Kidís Creek quite a bit which should help with the overflow problems. There are still some areas of concern located closer to Water Street. According to Shanafelt as soon as permission slips are returned allowing city crews to work on the private properties, the efforts to alleviate flooding potential will begin.

He said there will continue to be some problems between Water Street and River Street because there is simply no access.

Shanafeltís report was followed by a detailed power point presentation by Lemhi County Emergency Services Coordinator Janet Nelson about all emergency services available in the county.
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