More than Sixty Eastern Idaho Homes Threatened by Eroded Levee 

click to enlarge KEVAN SCHNEIDMILLER, USACE HYDRAULIC ENGINEER
  • Kevan Schneidmiller, USACE hydraulic engineer
More than 60 homes in the eastern Idaho town of Lorenzo are threatened by possible flooding after U.S. officials confirmed that serious damage had occurred to a nearby levee system. As a result, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an emergency-repair contract to fix the Heise-Robert Levee System on the Snake River. In the meantime, Jefferson County emergency crews have been diverting strong river currents away from the crippled riverbank, about 3.7 miles downstream from the U.S. Route 20 bridge.

Officials are warning families in about 65 homes to keep a close watch on changing weather conditions, with particular attention to river flow data and possible flood alerts.

Sand Point Generating LLC of Boise has been awarded the emergency-repair contract.

As of May 19, flows of the Snake River were about 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and were expected to increase to rise to about 12,00 cfs by Monday, May 21. Officials said at the damaged levee site, the additional 2,000 cfs in flow could result in six-to-twelve inches of additional water depth.
click to enlarge KEVAN SCHNEIDMILLER, USACE HYDRAULIC ENGINEER
  • Kevan Schneidmiller, USACE hydraulic engineer
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