The City of Nampa is the latest Idaho community to issue an emergency declaration in response to the record amount of snow and the risk of flooding. Nampa Mayor Bob Henry signed the declaration this morning. It remains in effect until Jan. 19.
Henry declared an emergency after learning that two of the city's four snow plows are not working. The plows broke down after non-stop use for more than a month. Parts have been ordered to fix the plow, but they are not expected to arrive until the end of the week. A local machine shop is creating temporary blade parts that are expected to be available later today.
City crews are focusing their efforts to complete plowing of residential streets. Nearly all subdivisions and residential areas have been plowed before more snow fell last night. Crews are also continuing to check storm drains to prevent flooding.
Residents can check Nampa's Facebook page and the Nextdoor app for updates.
The City of Kuna also declared a local disaster emergency today.
The mayor says they made the announcement today due in part to all the snow and blockage to area storm drains.
Emergency declarations have been issued all over southern Idaho in the past week including in Ada County, Boise, Meridian, Emmett and Twin Falls.