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Flood watch issued for parts of eastern Idaho


REXBURG — The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in the Upper Valley and Teton Valley. Flooding is also continuing to occur in many parts of central and southeast Idaho.

The Upper Snake River Highlands will see between 1 to 1.5 inches of rain or wet snow between Monday and Wednesday this week, which may cause the already full streams and rivers to flood.

Fox, Darby, Trail and Badger creeks in Teton County are streams that have flooded in the past and are susceptible to flooding under these conditions.

All rivers in Fremont and Teton counties are running at high flows. The Teton river is experiencing minor flooding now. All rivers in the area will see increased flows that may cause flooding or increased flooding.

A flood warning is in effect for the Teton River near Driggs. As of Saturday, the river was measure above flood stage at 4.4 feet. Minor flooding is occurring near the Teton River bottoms and from Bates Bridge Sportsman`s access down-river to Idaho Highway 33.

The Big Lost River below the Mackay Reservoir is also under a flood warning. It is measuring above flood stage at 4.9 feet. Minor flooding is expected along the banks for the next week.

The Big Wood River near Hailey is above flood stage and is measuring at 6.4 feet. The Big Wood is expected to rise to near 6.5 feet by Wednesday morning. Some street flooding is occurring in the lower sub-divisions in Hailey and Riverview Drive in Bellevue.

The Bear River is also under a flood warning. The water is above flood stage at 7.6 feet and minor flooding is occurring and is expected to continue throughout the week. Flooding of rural roads is occurring near Pegram and Dingle.

NWS officials recommend persons living or recreating near the rivers should exercise extreme caution when near the river bank. Young children and pets should be kept away from these areas.

Additionally, NWS has issued a lake wind advisory for the American Falls Reservoir. Northwest winds of 12 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 mph will create choppy waves and rough boating conditions, particularly to small craft. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.

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