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Cassia Home Emergency Flooding

Declaration of Emergency Flooding 1/11/2017
Declaration of Emergency Flooding 2/8/2017
Commissioner's Agenda

Cassia County Flood Districts Map

Public Health Update

To assist Magic Valley and Wood River Valley residents, SCPHD is providing flood information and factsheets that can be accessed by visiting SCPHD’s website (see link below). For questions related to flooding and environmental health, residents can contact Craig Paul at (208)737-5918 or Josh Jensen at (208)737-5915.

 

Website: https://phd5.idaho.gov/Environment/Flood.htm

 

SCPHD has anticipated the following issues that may arise from flooding events in the area:

- Flooded/contaminated wells

- Flooded septic systems

- Mold due to flooded crawl spaces and basements

HLTH PHD5 Manager - josh.jensen at 10:41:10 on 02/09/2017

 

SCPHD has activated its EOC to address flooding concerns occurring throughout the district. Bridge call with county emergency managers scheduled for 1100. American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Amazing Grace Fellowship in Twin Falls.

 

SCPHD Point of Contacts - Main phone (208)737-5900

IC: Cheryle Becker - (208)737-5936

PIO: Jeff Pierson - (208)737-5945

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.





           

 
 
 
 

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