UPDATE: Interstate 86 back open in eastern Idaho

Video shot and shared with KTVB by Reeder Flying Service

BOISE - The Idaho Transportation Department has reopened a major interstate in eastern Idaho.

Officials say increasing moisture and warming temperatures mixed with heavy snowpack is causing flooding across the state.

Both directions of Interstate 86, east of Burley, was closed Monday due to the Raft River flooding the highway.

A 36-mile section was closed, causing a major detour for motorists.

Drone video shot and shared with KTVB by Reeder Flying Service shows the amount of water on Interstate 86 Wednesday morning.

The Idaho Transportation Department says there was about a foot of standing water on the interstate Monday.

The flooding was east of the I-84/I-86 junction near Raft River.

Water was covering both eastbound and westbound lanes.

Water runoff from melting snow is being blamed for the problem.

There is no official detour near the closure. Alternate routes between Burley and Pocatello include I-84 to Interstate 15 or by U.S. 93 from Twin Falls to Arco then U.S. 26 to I-15 near Blackfoot.

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