Idaho County declares disaster after Elk City landslide

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho -- Idaho County officials have signed a declaration of county disaster in connection to a landslide in Elk City that will cost an estimated $1.5 million to clean up.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Idaho County commissioners are asking the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security to help cover the costs of cleaning up the slide on State Highway 14.

About 14 tons of debris slid across a section of the highway about 10 miles west of Elk City on Thursday.

Idaho Transportation Department at Lewiston District Engineer Dave Kuisti says bids for contractors to begin clearing material from the slide went up Monday. The department is also seeking a permit from the U.S. Forest Service so it can remove unstable rocks and dirt from the top of the slide area.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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