Weather service predicts minor flooding in Blackfoot

River Gage graph for the Snake River at Blackfoot. The river level was at 9.6 feet at 3 p.m. The river is predicted to rise to 10.7 feet by Wednesday late afternoon, which is above the flood level of 10.5 feet.
By: 
Catie Clark
Reporter

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Snake River in Blackfoot. "Minor lowland flooding" is forecast along the river "from Rose to Blackfoot and downstream from Blackfoot." The warning also advised that water may seep into Jensen Grove Park.
The level of the Snake River at Blackfoot was at 9.6 feet at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. This was higher than the United States Geological Survey action level of 9.5 feet. The river is forecast to reach 10.7 feet by late Wednesday afternoon, which is above the 10.5 foot level at which minor flooding is expected.
The flood warning will take effect Wednesday evening and expire late Friday night or "until the warning is cancelled."
Residents and businesses along the river should be aware of the high river level predicted for the next few days and are advised by the NWS to take measures to protect themselves and their property.
The recent heavy rainfall has increased flows on the Snake River. According to USGS data, river level and current stream flow have been high since mid-April. The river has exceeded the flood state level at the Blackfoot river gage twice before this year, at the beginning of both May and June.

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