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Flood warning in place for Payette County; U.S. 95 closed due to water on the road

NOAAs spring 2019 flood and climate outlook for the United States

Mike Halpert of the Climate Prediction Center explains what's behind NOAA's temperature, precipitation and flood outlooks for spring 2019.
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Mike Halpert of the Climate Prediction Center explains what's behind NOAA's temperature, precipitation and flood outlooks for spring 2019.

Spring flooding is affecting rivers across the state, causing road closures and flood warnings in several towns.

A flood warning is in place for the Payette River, near Emmett and Payette, affecting Payette and Gem counties.

There is also a flood warning in place for the Middle Fork Payette River near Crouch, affecting Boise County, according to the National Weather Service.

U.S. 95 is closed from milepost 69 in Payette to milepost 82 near Weiser due to heavy water on the road, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

The river crested in Crouch on Tuesday, is nearing crest at Emmett and will crest at Payette today. The NWS predicted minor flooding for the Payette River, saying water will approach Idaho 52 near New Plymouth, threatening homes in low areas.

Idaho County is also seeing a flood threat, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding in Grangeville led to a rescue by the Idaho National Guard and Boise Fire Department on Tuesday. Boise Fire reported that crews rescued some trapped in their homes because of rising water.

This is a developing news story that the Idaho Statesman will continue to update today.

Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.
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