A flood warning for the Malheur River near Vale and the Weiser River near Weiser continues Tuesday, the National Weather Service reports.
“The Weiser River near Weiser is already above flood stage, and is expected to fall back below flood stage (Wednesday) morning,” the weather service posted in a flood warning about 6 a.m. Tuesday. “The Malheur River near Vale is not yet in flood, but is expected to rise rapidly later today and exceed flood stage shortly after midnight. It should fall back below flood stage Thursday morning.”
The Weiser River is expected to rise to near 11.5 feet by late Tuesday morning, according to the updated flood warning. At 12 feet, the weather service reports, “significant flooding can be expected in Weiser and Midvale with flood waters beginning to cross Highway 95 south of Weiser. Extensive flooding south and east of Weiser will occur with water covering Cove Road and Cooper Lane to a depth of 2.5 feet. Flooding will also spread north of the river towards Washington Street in Weiser. The river will overflow its banks near Midvale with water beginning to cover county roads near the river.”
The river hit 12 feet earlier this month, in that case due to an ice jam.
Mild and breezy conditions are predicted to accelerate snowmelt at lower elevations in southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service encouraged travelers and residents to monitor the weather for updates and future watches or warnings.
The Magic Valley is seeing severe flooding again this week as well. In particular, Minidoka County is swamped again by snow melting from higher elevations, again flooding basements, canals and roadways on its way to the Snake River, the Times-News reports.
One family the newspaper spoke with has been marooned for several days, having to hike with a backpack to a vehicle they leave parked a quarter-mile away due to road closures in their area. Emma Van Every’s neighbors have all rallied to support each other amid the mess.
“Everyone out here is looking out for others,” she said.
Jerome, Cassia, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington counties have all been added to a disaster declaration issued by Gov. Butch Otter.