Army Corps of Engineers flood teams completing emergency repairs, monitoring levees

Published March 22, 2017
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood teams remain deployed to the St. Joe River, Coeur d' Alene River and Kootenai River basins. A flood team is continuing work to stabilize the federal levee and has concluded construction at the Shepherd Road levee in the City of St. Maries, Idaho. 

The Corps is placing material on the federally constructed levee along the St. Joe River in support of the City of St. Maries to address flood damages along about 1,000 feet of the levee and will continue that work at least through the end of the day.

The Kootenai basin team is working with Lincoln County to provide assistance at Callahan Creek in Troy, Montana, where they are staging rock that could be used, if necessary, for a temporary emergency repair to the damaged levee in Troy. A team has 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 has 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 in the areas of concern to provide assistance as requested and monitor conditions until 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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Release no. 17-015