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BLACKFOOTâ€”Many homes and business throughout the area were severely damaged due to a flash flood that hit the Blackfoot area on Wednesday. There are yet no reports of significant crop damage.
A torrential rainstorm dropped at least 3 inches of rain in the first 15 minutes on Wednesday.
While some folks were just contending with flood water, others were flooded with sewage backup in their homes due to the city's wastewater system becoming overwhelmed with too much water. Bingham County's Public Information Officer Scott Reese estimates that over 100 homes have damage from sewage backup.
A flash flood hit Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon following an intense downpour.
On Wednesday, Chief Deputy Jeff Gardner with the Bingham County Sheriff's office asked people to stay home if at all possible.
"We have stalled vehicles all over and we are dealing with the traffic," he said.
Some home and business owners reported that their buildings were flooded with water and sewage. City officials noted that the wastewater system was overwhelmed and asked residents to curtail their usage for a few hours.
Blackfoot city leaders hashed out the first draft of the city's proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis announced that the public comment period on the budget is "officially open" and will conclude with a public hearing on Aug. 19 at Blackfoot City Hall.
5 Year Old Idaho Girl Accidentally Shot Dead During a Playdate
A 5 year old girl shot dead by a 5 year old boy in a tragic accidental shooting during a playdate. Noelle Aston Shawver of Blackfoot in eastern Idaho died on Wednesday after visiting a home in Chubbuck, police said. Police have released few details, citing an ongoing investigation.
There may be more contention in the future for the Snake River School District regarding teacher Elaine Asmus.
On Monday, Asmus' attorney, Paul Stark, general counsel with the Idaho Education Association, explained the background of this case from his perspective.
In April, the Snake River Board of Trustees conducted a due process hearing for Asmus. In its written decision on April 21, 2014, the board offered Asmus a contract for the 2014-2015 school year and put her on probation for one year.
The air was filled with the sounds of chickens and sheep along with the dust as children and parents waited anxiously Saturday night at the Little Buckaroo rodeo. With 400 entries this year the rodeo broke the record.
In the first section of sheep riding, Dallas Fullmer, Nathanial Mathews, and R.J. Larson were able to ride their sheep almost all the way around the arena.
Watching the children do their best to stay on the sheep even when the animals wouldnâ€™t cooperate, and tried running back into another gate was so much fun.
FORT HALL â€” The enthusiasm was contagious as organizers for the 51st annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival (Aug. 7-10) gathered at the Festival Arbor in Fort Hall on Friday to share the new and exciting events slated for this year's annual powwow themed: "Connecting Families Through Tradition and Pride."
This year's new festival coordinator, RoseAnn Abrahamson who has organized prestigious events throughout the nation, working with celebrities such as President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, believes this will be the "best festival yet."
BLACKFOOTâ€”Two separate tragedies have rocked the Blackfoot community the past week and the public is reaching out to help those who have been directly affected by the accidents.
On Wednesday, Noelle Shawver (5) died from a gunshot wound after accidentally being shot while visiting friends at a home on Canal St. in Chubbuck.
Noelle is the daughter of Drew and Stacie (Udy) Shawver from Blackfoot.
Four Cub Scouts chosen for their questions learned about city government from a special teacher on Wednesday.
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis answered the boys' questions during a meeting in the city council chambers, then shared a lunch with them, some parents and siblings. The Blackfoot Elks Lodge sponsored the lunch.
Loomis began with an explanation of the workings of city government. He asked the boys about the recent issue of "should we allow dogs in the city cemetery?"
After his presentation, the boys voted 3-1 to forbid dogs there, much as the city council had done.