Melting Snow Causes Idaho Floods
Patty Kardash and her terrier, Hunter, were dressed to stay dry Wednesday, March 5, the Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Press reported.
It wasn’t a downpour they needed to worry about as they walked along Government Way, but the giant, splashing wake as drivers hydroplaned past through 6 inches of melting snow and rainwater.
“It’s rough walking on the sidewalk when it’s all full up,” said Kardash, on her way to the Tamarack RV Park. “You can get drenched.”
City street crews placed caution signs on Government Way in front of the RV park and other areas where street drains clogged with snow and ice left ponds of water in the roadway. By afternoon, Prairie Avenue’s pavement was beneath a foot of water, prompting a road closure between Huetter and Atlas roads.
“We had an almost-record 50.2 inches of snow between Jan. 28 and March 3 and it’s all trying to melt at one time,” climatologist Cliff Harris said. A warm southwesterly wind and a half-inch of rainfall on Wednesday made for “a lot of big puddles,” he said.
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