Town in North-Central Idaho Floods

January 10, 2010

Residents in the north-central Idaho town of Genesee have been stacking sandbags and even digging up part of a city street in an effort to divert flood waters.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Cow Creek, which runs through the middle of Genesee, overflowed its banks, flooding much of the town.

City Maintenance Supervisor Robert Luedke says workers dug up part of Hazel Street in an effort to divert the water from nearby properties. Still, more than a foot of water still covered some of the city’s streets.

Luedke said rain and snowmelt — combined with still-frozen soil — caused the creek to flood.

Luedke says the town’s storm drain system should funnel the remaining water safely out of town.

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