Press Release for February 12, 2017
Lower Goose Creek (Oakley) Reservoir Update:
Aided by cooler temperature, water flows into the
reservoir have decreased significantly over the past 24
hours. Crews have been working diligently to clear out
the canal flood channels below the reservoir and water is
now being released through those channels at maximum
capacity. The ability to increase outflows from
the reservoir significantly reduces the threat of the
reservoir overflowing. No flooding impacts are
expected downstream as a result of this water release.
The public’s cooperation is appreciated as officials from
Cassia County, the Oakley Canal Company and the Goose Creek
Flood District continue to work together to prevent any
future flooding issues.
February 11, 2017
Cassia County officials are working with the Oakley Canal
Company and the Goose Creek Flood District to keep the water
storage level in the Lower Goose Creek Reservoir at a safe
level. These two entities are working tirelessly to prevent
flooding related to rapid snowmelt. The Oakley Canal Company
has confirmed that the dam currently is structurally sound;
however, there are concerns over the record amounts of water
going into the reservoir.
Canal and stream channels are being cleaned out so
that discharge water can flow to other locations within the
county to preventing flooding issues. The Cassia County
Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to stay clear of areas
near the Lower Goose Creek Reservoir as well as areas
immediately below the reservoir where crews are working for
the public’s safety.
Cassia County is one of four counties statewide to
have received a verbal state disaster declaration related to
extreme flooding. At this time, fifteen counties across the
state have local disaster declarations due to snow and/or
We understand this is a challenging time for
residents throughout many regions of the state who are
dealing with devastating snow and flooding issues. The
Cassia County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide
updated information as it becomes available. Citizens are
reminded to always call 911 in the event of any
On February 8, 2017, the Cassia County
Commissioners passed a resolution declaring the entire
county a disaster area due to extreme flooding. Furthermore, with the extreme snowpack and heavy
rains, we have been working with the Oakley Canal Company
and the Goose Creek Flood District to keep the water storage
level in the Lower Goose Creek Reservoir at a safe level.
These two entities are working tirelessly to prevent
We have been hearing a lot of misinformation and
receiving a lot of calls from the community In regards to
the integrity of the dam itself.
As of today, we have been advised by the Oakley
Canal Company that the dam itself is structurally sound.
They are, however, concerned specifically with the record
amounts of water going into the reservoir. They are now
working at cleaning out canal and stream channels so that
discharge water can flow to other locations within the
county thus preventing flooding issues.
The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office is asking that
the public stay out of these areas near the Lower Goose
Creek Reservoir and other areas immediately below the
reservoir where crews are working for the public's safety.
The Board of County Commissioners has been in
contact with the Army Corp of Engineers and with the Idaho
Office of Emergency Management and are working with them in
relation to the flooding situation.
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