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Latah County Commissioners declare a State of Emergency

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Covering the Palouse, Latah County Commissioners have declared a disaster emergency.

KLEW News Palouse Bureau Chief, Alex Crescenti joins us in-studio with more.

The main concern right now are road closures. County commissioners tell me the weather conditions, including the flooding right now, is affecting many local governments and highway districts.

Take the roads for example… officials say they’ve been significantly damaged. City officials from Moscow, Genesee, Potlatch, and Troy have all expressed concerns to the Board of Commissioners.

The North Latah Highway District even closed a bridge up near Potlatch.

What this declaration means is that it lets the state know about the emergency situation in Latah County.

“The Idaho Office of Emergency Management has received our declaration and the general, General Richie, will receive that and take it to the governor,” said Tom Lamar, County Commissioner.

County officials hope to be included in the Governors Statewide Declaration. That way they’ll be able to provide relief to local highway districts and cities.

Commissioners say this winter has been much worse than others. On top of all that, they’re dealing with flooding over many roadways.

By code the declaration only lasts seven days, but Commissioner Tom Lamar said that they are looking to extend that next week at their meeting.

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