100 Year Storm Hits Southern Idaho


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) The City of Twin Falls and the surrounding areas are dealing with massive amounts of rain.

From flooding roads to mudslides, the water is wreaking havoc city-wide.

Authorities are officially calling this a 100 year storm.

With flooding and road closures impacting the entire area, officials are scrambling to provide adequate services for the thousands that are being affected.

"The chance, every year, for a 100 year storm event to occur is .2%. So it's very unlikely and we’re seeing an extraordinary amount of rain," explains Jon Caton, Twin Falls Public Works Director.

To be considered a 100 year storm, the amount of rainfall must surpass 2.2 inches.

In Twin Falls, we’re well over three inches.

And in some spots, even more.

"I've had guys out since 3 o'clock this morning. When you get 3 inches of rain overnight, you're going to have flooding everywhere... and we do today," says Dean Littler, Twin Falls Street Superintendent.

With this amount of rain touching down, how are the city's storm water systems faring?

"The storm water systems are taking all the water they can take. All the irrigation lateral/ditches are full... all our storm water systems are full. Not a whole lot we can do until it quits raining. It's just a lot of rain in a short amount of time," Littler explains.

With the storm water systems completely full, the streets of Twin Falls are taking the brunt of the excess rain.

And drivers are doing their best to avoid any possible dangers.

"There are some streets that have been closed. We have flooding in the vicinity of Eastland and Kimberly at the railroad underpass... North College has some flooding, and we’re doing our best to clear drains and we’ll be working on it all day," Caton says.

If you do experience any type of emergency flooding on your property, feel free to dial 911.

If it's not clearly an emergency, call the city's non-emergency line at 311.

Authorities say that they will continue to work on all of the roadways, sewers and drains throughout the day and into Thursday.

Officials are asking that residents take extra caution when driving around town.

Avoid driving through the puddles and use common sense.

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