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High Water Levels Cause Local Concern

Flood watches continue with more precipitation and runoff in the higher elevations. Mike Bues with the Bureau of Reclamation said Eastern Idaho’s reservoirs have just enough room to accommodate water levels right now, but if we get any sudden spike in temperature, that may not be the case. He said Blackfoot and Shelley are the places to watch for flooding. Also, a lot of the high flow is coming from the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, which drains the southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Minor flooding along the Henry’s Fork is forecast to become moderate flooding as the river continues to rise near Rexburg. He said Jackson Lake is beyond its normal flood capacity, but Palisades still can be filled. Whitewater kayakers throughout the Jackson Hole and Yellowstone areas are taking advantage of the high water levels everywhere, especially on the Snake and Teton River.

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