BLACKFOOT — Flooding continued on the Snake River in Bingham County as the river passed moderate flood stage Wednesday. Water from the river is flooding nearby farms and is threatening homes.
At 5:15 p.m. Wednesday the Snake River at Blackfoot rose to 11.34 feet. Moderate flood stage is 11 feet. In Shelley, the river peaked at 12.5 feet Wednesday evening—major flood stage. The National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings for the Snake River in Blackfoot and Shelley. The river is expected to fall slightly Thursday, then remain above flood stage through next week.
Bingham County Emergency Management Director Craig Rowland said the river is threatening property and county workers have filled sandbags that are available for those whose homes are threatened by the rising water. Those needing sandbags can call 782-3190.
Wednesday local pilot and Blackfoot Airport Manager Kerry Requa allowed the Morning News to join him as he flew over the area, showing the extent of the flooding.
South of Blackfoot, the Snake River—known for its winding nature and numerous smaller channels—has flooded vast expanses of low-lying land near the river. Nearby farmlands are completely covered in water in some areas and in others the water has slowly crept across flat farmland.
In Thomas, the river is flooding the yards of homes nearby, where some have begun sandbagging to protect their properties. At one home, the water had crossed a driveway at the house and flooded a nearby field.
North of Blackfoot in Rose, the river is encroaching on the lawns of those homes along the river and flooding islands that once separated the river's channels.
Further north near Firth, the flat land has allowed the river to flood several farms, leaving only the faint outline of fences and irrigation pipes.
For more images from the flight, visit www.am-news.com/content/snake-river-flooding-near-blackfoot .