TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) First the snow, then the rain, then the melt off.. It's like the roads and homes can’t catch a break.
But the last few days of dry weather bring hope and promise.
“Oh I’d say we've learned this year what our disaster services people are really worth,” said Roger Morley, Jerome County Commissioner.
This winter will go down in history.
The damage and cleanup will continue in the coming months.
“The biggest issue has been without a doubt, the flooding,” said Morley.
As Jerome County commissioners toured the damage on Tuesday, one major stop is a football field size piece of land that fell from the canyon rim wall.
“It just literally broke off and it broke off so far that it even broke off to the Twin Falls side of the river,” said Morley.
Jerome hired someone to take point and help guide them through disaster services, which includes surveying areas at risk for flood damage, like the canyon wall.
They encourage residents to be vigilant as well.
“Please let us know so we can at least go check it out, have engineers look at it,” said Morley.
Local businesses have also stepped up and supplied sand bags.
This allowed local and state governments to supply bags to other communities.
“That's Idaho to me, that's what it's all about living here, people really showed their medal,” said Morley.
Since storms of this magnitude haven't hit this area in a long time, it will certainly be in the back of everyone's minds, come next budget season.
“From what I see this can happen any time and we're not going to get caught off guard,” said Morley.
As the water recedes, Morley reminds everyone the work is not done.
Winter is not over.
City crews will play catch up to repair the damage.
“They've been out in the morning till 2 and 3 in the morning just making sure things are okay and that's that Idaho spirit I was talking about,” said Morley. “They just seem to pull together.
The City of Twin Falls has spent $39, 221.52 on snow and ice removal from October 2016 to January 2017.
This includes overtime for crews working around the clock, fuel costs for plows and trucks and materials like salt and liquid deicer.
For the fiscal year they have budgeted $74,638 for snow and ice removal.
Last fiscal year they spent $7,140.
In Minidoka County, Bob Moore the Chairman of the County Commissioners tells us that they are beyond their current budget.
They have also applied for a federal disaster declaration which will help them cover more of the damage.
Sandbags are still available at the Jerome County Fairgrounds and Minidoka County Fairgrounds.