Spring runoff in Blaine County expected to remain high for 3 more weeks

Blaine Co. residents fighting flood waters.

Flooding in Blaine County continues to be a problem - and officials say that's not expected to change anytime soon.

Crews there are calling the situation “dangerous.”

Lt. Gov. Brad Little has declared a state of emergency in Blaine County, paving the way for the use of state resources to help cope with the flooding.

The water near the Warms Springs Lodge has receded just a little from Sunday night, but it continues to flow out of Warm Springs Creek and across the road.

Blaine County Emergency Management officials says this is an “extended incident” and the high water is expected to continue for at least the next three weeks.

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With the epic winter in Blaine County, resident were expecting high spring runoff, just not this bad.

"It definitely gave more of an understanding for people like through Katrina and such, where you think no it couldn’t get any worse. No it can’t get any worse,” said homeowner Alisa Ludwig.

Ludwig and her partner started protecting their home in Lower Board off Warm Springs Road on Friday.

They put up small ladders around their home that stopped the water from reaching it.

“And my fear is, right behind the camera, was coming down from Walt, I thought if that breaks there it will come straight into the cabin,” said Ludwig.

And that’s what happened.

The water from Warm Springs Creek is now up to almost the first step of their home. The ladders are now floating.

Lexi Dupont lives next door.

“I kind of feel helpless because you of put sandbags up, they wash away pretty quickly,” said Dupont.

Meanwhile in Hailey, the sandbagging continues.

“We estimate there have been near 2,000 sandbags prepared just by volunteer community work. It’s been amazing,” said Hailey spokeswoman Carol Brown.

The Big Wood River peaked overnight in Hailey at 2:15 a.m. at 7.82 feet. By 9 a.m. Monday, the river had come down to 7.56 feet.

“Seven feet is where it’s called moderate flooding,” said Brown. “When we hit eight feet we are in the extended flooding, but the models again we’re not sure, they were originally predicted for it to even go back down to six, but we’re not confident in that now.”

“We are anticipating the next three weeks folks are gonna be living with this kind of water. It may go up and down as temperatures go up and down. And typically this is what the forecasts tells us we will expect. The really big peak, which we’ve not seen, to come about that last week in May, first week in June, and that’s when all the snow that made for such great skiing last winter will be melting. You’ve seen all the snow that’s still up there.”

It was just 15 days ago that skiers were enjoying Sun Valley’s Warm Springs Lodge.

Temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees in Ketchum over the next couple of days. That could mean more melting and more runoff, and the potential for more flooding.

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