BONNERS FERRY — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began supervising the project of sandbagging the city levee in front of the Kootenai River Inn early Wednesday morning.
The community surrounding the City of Bonners Ferry has stepped up to assist in filling and placing sand bags on the city levee. It is estimated that the sand bag project should be completed by late afternoon.
Tuesday, the City of Bonners Ferry held an emergency city council meeting to make a disaster declaration regarding the current flood danger from the rising Kootenai River. The meeting was held to bring the stakeholders of our community together to prepare for the possibility of the rising Kootenai River affecting the infrastructure of the City.
According to Dave Kramer, Boundary County Emergency Manager, “There is a good working partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Boundary County, City of Bonners Ferry, the Kootenai Tribe and the Bureau of Homeland of Security. Together we are working to protect our community. Our community is well known for working well with our partners.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently managing the flow released from the Libby Dam for flood risk and the limited reservoir space. The Corps of Engineers is monitoring the situation around the clock to assist in flood risk management for the City of Bonners Ferry and Boundary County.
Early today Dave Anderson, the mayor of the City of Bonners Ferry, held a press conference to answer any questions. Mayor Anderson wanted to reassure the community that the City Water and Sewer systems are fine and have not been compromised.
There is a website: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/rfc/ sponsored by the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which gives current Kootenai River conditions.