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NEW MEADOWS -- City Clerk Mac Qualls was up until 4:30 a.m. working to defend his city from the quickly rising flood.

Qualls told KTVBthat flood waters were knee deep in the streets early Friday morning as dozens of volunteers worked to shore-up homes, businesses, and yards in New Meadows with sandbags. The situation prompted city leaders to declare a flood emergency.

Heavy rainfall has inundated the small community since early Tuesday. That's when the Little Salmon River and Big Creek began to break their banks and quickly fill low-lying areas with icy snow melt.

Qualls said groups of volunteers have even had to dig trenches under various intersections to keep area homes from flooding. Qualls says that's a good thing because no homes or other civic infrastructure has been lost yet.

It could get worse, Qualls told KTVB when asked about the effects of even more rain expected this weekend.

KTVBmeteorologists have predicted heavy rains of up to several inches in the area through Sunday.

Currently, a flood watch is in effect for parts of Valley County.

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