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COMPLIMENTS TO CITY 2-17-16 LMS

February 7 marked the one year anniversary of the flood of 2015. Since then one of the primary causes of overflow along Kidís Creek has been determined to be obstructions in and along the creek due to overgrown trees that have intruded into the waterway.

During a public comment opportunity at the February 17 meeting of the Salmon City Council Everett Teigen said he appreciates all the effort the city has made on preventative measures. Teigen was one of the residents whose property suffered severe damages in last yearís flash flood.

Even though Kidís Creek flows through private properties and it is up to the property owners to take care of stream maintenance, the city has sent letters to stream bank property owners requesting permission for city crews to remove creek obstructions. Teigen said that represents progress being made by Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt. He also said that property owner Bob Jackson has agreed to have trees obstructing the river in his area removed. Teigen said all the progress is very encouraging.

Last year Teigen gave a power point presentation to the council which highlighted creek obstructions, culverts and points where the creek has narrowed. He expressed appreciation for the attention paid to his list of problem areas.

He said he recently revisited the trouble spots and found there are still a few issues such as the buildup of rock and debris below a culvert at the intersection of Gwartney and Water streets. He also recommended that a culvert in a river dyke near River Street be lowered. Teigen noted there are trees interfering with water flows and elevation drops in the Gwartney Street area and he found that a head-gate at Loverís Lane was closed. He thinks it should be open in view of expected runoff. He said there is a culvert that runs underneath the highway at Mountain View and into a ditch which ends at the river. He said there is no water in the culvert or the ditch and wondered if that too is the result of a closed head-gate.

Teigen again thanked the city as well as the city staff for all the flood prevention efforts.

Mayor Leo Marshall asked Teigen to make a written list of his findings so the concerns mentioned can be checked.


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