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Posted 3/24/2017

Release no. 17-016


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood teams are wrapping up work in the St. Joe River basin today.

The Corps is finishing work in St. Maries, Idaho, along the St. Joe River, after stabilizing about 300 feet of the Riverdale levee yesterday by placing material on the landward side and top of the levee.  The Corps had also placed material along about 1,000 feet of the federally constructed levee and about 300 feet of the Shepherd Road levee in St. Maries.

The Kootenai basin team worked with Lincoln County to provide assistance at Callahan Creek in Troy, Montana, where they are staged 2,500 tons of rock that could be used, if necessary, for a temporary emergency repair to the damaged levee in Troy. A team also provided sandbags and conducted sandbag training for communities in the Coeur d’Alene basin at the request of Kootenai County.

The Corps’ Seattle District also supplied two pumps to Kootenai County and distributed 5,000 sandbags to the City of Ellensburg, Washington, 30,000 to Kootenai County and 5,000 to the City of St. Maries.

Flood team members will be cleaning up job sites and returning to their regular jobs now that the major flood threat has passed.

Public Law 84-99 enables the Corps to assist state and local authorities in flood fight activities and cost share in the repair of flood protection structures. The purpose is to prevent loss of life and minimize property damage associated with severe weather.

Private citizens seeking sandbags should contact their local government offices. 

The National Weather Service issues flood watches and warnings and should be consulted for that information.

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