Avalanche and flooding dangers still exist. Report to 911. Please remain alert of your surroundings and take appropriate evacuation or other actions if you are in danger. Stay safe. We will continue to update information as soon as possible.
Blaine County Issues News Release For Flood Advisory: Turn Around Don’t Drown
Blaine County under Flood Watch and Advisory
Blaine County- The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a Flood Watch for the Big and Little Wood River Region including the cities of Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum. The Watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through noon MST Sunday. Standing water on road dips will be hazardous to motorists. Flooding may occur well after rainfall has ended.
A Flood Advisory has also been issued for rain and snowmelt in southeastern Blaine County through Thursday evening. Rain is predicted to fall on snow packs which will increase the rate of snow melt and runoff, making the situation worse especially for areas where flooding is already occurring.
Winter Storm Warning: A new storm system will bring heavy snow to the mountains of Central Idaho Wednesday night through early Friday morning. Snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches is expected above 8000 feet elevation. Snow accumulation at lower elevations will be highly variable due to changing temperatures and snow levels. Avalanche danger is also high.
Know the Difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning:
Watch – get ready! A watch is issued when a specific weather hazard is possible. This gives you and your family time to get prepared. If you live in a low lying area, you can prepare for the possibility of flood waters impacting your home. You can also plan alternate routes for getting to home, work or school if you know certain roads you usually take could be covered by water. The watch also gives you a chance to test your communications plan and alert family and friends to the threat of dangerous weather.
Flood Advisory- Be Aware! A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. Turn Around Don’t drown! It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters.
Stay informed: Being informed is a crucial part of being prepared for any significant event, including flooding. Members of the public are encouraged to sign up to receive weather and other emergency alerts and notifications by signing up for the Blaine County Community Alert System: www.blainecounty.org (Emergency Alert System link – bottom of page)
To report a flooded road or street please contact Blaine County Dispatch at 578-3831. To report an immediate emergency please dial 911.
February 8, 2017
Contact: Chuck Turner (208) 788-5508
or Blaine County Dispatch (208) 578-3831
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KETCHUM SNOW REMOVAL REMINDER
Residents are not permitted to park their vehicles on any Ketchum city street or right of way during the winter months. Vehicles left on the street or right-of-way between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. will be ticketed and/or towed.
The city of Ketchum is using the emergency alert system to notify residents of Ketchum when the Street Department will be doing snow removal or winter road maintenance. Citizens that are signed up for general notifications can receive this information. You can sign up below.