BOISE -- About a month ago, rainfall caused a mudslide 42 miles south of Atlanta, in an area of Elmore County burned by recent wildfires. Heavy rains washed out the road along the Middle Fork River, cutting off the traffic to recreation destination.
The slide caused the river to flood over Middle Fork Road and it's a major issue that may not be fixed for months. Twin Springs Manager Tom Dore is one of many who has struggled with the washed-out road.
"We depend on the people floating the river, supporting the bars and the cabins," said Dore.
Typically, locals would see high traffic over the holiday weekend. That didn't happen this year.
"We thought we had a great season going and all of a sudden it was over," Dore said . "We had good business for Labor Day, but nothing like usual."
And business is not the only thing affected by the washed-out road.
"It's really going to affect the people of Atlanta," Dore said.
Time is of the essence to get the road reopened: Middle Fork Road as it is the only all-season road in and out of Atlanta, according to Elizabeth Duncan from Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. Officials are urged to repair the road before snowfall, especially because winter travel is hazardous even without the road closure. Avalanches were also prevalent in the area last year.
The mudslide transitioned a river of clean and clear water to a muddy mess full of debris. A new layer of silt has covered the riverbed which is not something that locals are used to. The silt is causing concern for the wildlife, plants, and fish.
The U.S. Forest Service met with several agencies in regards to emergency funding. Equipment has been used, but has reached capacity and all resources have been used.
Last week, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter issued a declaration of emergency. Engineers are estimating the repairs will cost around $2 million.