summary="This table used for layout">
 

Welcome to Cassia County, Idaho's Official Website

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 flooding. 

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 life-threatening emergency.

 

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 flooding.

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.


More Emergency Flooding Information



Accommodations Request Grievance Procedure

Public Committees are structured groups appointed by the Board of Commissioners that provides advice to the Board on specific issues impacting county issues, activities and programs.
The Public Committees may choose to study and report on issues as well as respond to requests from the Board for research and recommendations on specific issues. Openings to Serve on Public Committees

Federal Lands Advisory Group Agenda
Waterways Agenda
Boards & Committees Agendas


Most Recent Election Results
Candidate Filing Forms
Election Information

 

 

Cassia County Heritage Book County History
The history of Cassia County is the history of the real West -- of "cowboys and Indians" and gun fights -- but also the history of cooperation needed to build an economy based on irrigation.
Read More...

Cassia County, Idaho: The Foundation Years
Hardcover 8.5 x 11 inches, 256 pages. Over 200 photos including 16 pages of color photos.
Read More...

 

 

Mt. Harrison & Sublett Area Snowmobile Trail Grooming Schedule

 
 
 
 

:: Home :: About Cassia County :: County Watch :: Directory :: Public Notices ::
Commissioners :: Photo Gallery :: Services ::
:: Site Map :: Terms of Use ::


Website by SurfTheSnake