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Sandbagging put on hold

June 7, 2011

The Morning News — Melanie Moore Scenes such as this are on hold since county officials indicate they have enough sandbags filled for the moment.

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County sandbag-making operations have been temporarily suspended because there are plenty of sandbags on hand if needed.
Bingham County Emergency Management Director Craig Rowland said since sandbagging operations began last month, more than 225,000 sandbags have been made. Approximately 40,000 sandbags remain on hand and sandbagging operations may resume again if the need arises, Rowland said.
"We've got plenty of sandbags filled," Rowland said.
On Saturday, several hundred youths from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered at the sandbagging location at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
"They filled probably 5- or 6,000 bags," Rowland said. "Everyone pitched in and helped."
The Snake River at Blackfoot is down nearly one foot since peaking at 12.04 feet May 29. The Snake River at Shelley peaked at 13.15 feet May 28 and has subsided to 11.84 feet, falling below flood stage.
The Snake River is expected to rise again, but Rowland said how much is entirely dependent on the weather.
There is a chance of showers throughout the week with temperatures forecast to be 60-70 degrees.
As of June 1, snowpack in the Upper Snake River basin is almost three times the average amount and is 92 percent of the normal peak amount, according to the National Resources Conservation Service Water Supply Outlook Report for June. Most of the winter's snow remains in the mountains and May was the third month in a row where precipitation was 150 percent or more of average, according to NRCS.
For updates on flooding and river levels or to report flooding, call the Emergency Operations Center at 785-8050.

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