Clearwater River at Orofino expected to reach flood stage
OROFINO, ID —
Right now flood watches are in effect for several of our local communities. The Clearwater River has already spilled its bank in some areas. This was the scene Thursday at Kendrick. They’re experiencing low level flooding in town, already, at least two mobiles homes are under water. The river is moving fast, and is still rising.
Near Orofino, the Clearwater River is expected to reach flood stage Friday. Clearwater County Commissioners have extended the emergency declaration until further notice. There are reports of low level flooding, and officials are monitoring closely.
According to the United States Geological Survey, flood stage at Orofino is 17-feet. It’s expected to reach flood stage by Friday, then recede on Saturday. Right now, it’s at 15-and-a-half feet. Also, the levels on Orofino Creek continues to drop but there is sandbagging above Noah’s Bridge.
Old Peck Grade and Huckleberry Butte Roads are still open to one lane of traffic; all other roads are open but some road restrictions are in place. Officials say water, dangerous conditions over roadways, rocks, falling debris and slides.
And now to flooding conditions in Potlatch. This is drone footage provided by a KLEW News viewer of Flannigan Creek Road when a driver got stuck in the water early Wednesday morning when the water was about a food deep. By nightfall, the water level rose enough for authorities to shut it down. We spoke with Sheriff Rickie Skiles who tells us over 20 inches of water is covering the road right now and that this road is still closed.
Here's the scene at the fishing dock on Steelhead Way in North Lewiston. The river has overtaken the boat launch and the water is moving very quickly. Today I saw a lot of debris being carried downriver. Authorities want to remind you the current is extremely strong and it’s best to take extra precautions around the high waters.