Saturated ground cause numerous rock and landslides in Orofino area


Flood watch and warnings in effect throughout the weekend. We start tonight with Orofino. A State of Emergency Declaration has been extended for Clearwater County, as commissioners are doing everything they can to help reduce flooding.

KLEW News Reporter Shannon Moudy begins our team coverage.

Clearwater River levels were not as high as expected Friday, and did not reach flood stage. That may be because Thursday afternoon, Clearwater County Commissioners were prepared for the worst, and asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce water flows from Dworshak Dam. Now flows have been cut nearly in half, and it appears to have helped.

Preparations were also made along Orofino Creek, though the levels have receded since Thursday. The other issue plaguing the area, the saturated ground, runoff causing numerous rock and landslides.

This tree came down off of the hillside along Highway-12 west of Orofino Friday afternoon. Luckily no one was hurt and the mess was cleaned up within minutes.

A State of Emergency for the county has been extended indefinitely, with officials urging everyone to remain vigilant for what may come in Clearwater County.

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