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Clean Up Begins Across The South Hills Following Last Week's Storms
Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Storms rolled through the magic valley and Southern Idaho this week leaving damage and flooding behind. Some of the worst wind damage was in Hagerman and Filer. Flooding left roads a mess across the South Hills.
"The rain events that we've had recently this week have caused several flash flood events in the South Hills area," said BLM Field Office Manager Mike Courtney.
The flash flooding and mud and rock slides damaged several roads.
"Buck Horn Canyon, Cold Springs Road are washed out in places. We have crews out there working on them right now to get things back into shape. The roads aren't officially closed but they may be closed at periods of times over the next couple of days through the weekend so our crews can get them passable," said Courtney.
But the rain was good for some areas. Officials just recently announced that Lake Walcott levels were being lowered due to the lack of rain.
"In the normal year we keep Lake Walcott full through the whole irrigation season for recreation and for power head. But this year the upper reservoirs in our reservoir system have become depleted we're needing to use that water for delivery so we're starting to drive down to the winter level early in September instead of early in October," said Water Operations Manager Mike Beus.
That means that the water could become shallower near the launch ramp and boaters are urged to use caution. BLM officials also warn the public to use caution while recreating in the south hills.
"I would caution people if you're going to be driving around in the South Hills in the next few days especially in the burned areas there's been a lot of water come through those canyons this week and there could be washouts that we don't know about yet," said Mike Courtney.