Crews scramble to pump out water as ice jam backs up creek

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

BAYVIEW, Idaho -- A North Idaho community had to deal with flooding issues on Thursday.  The cold weather caused an ice jam in the Bayview Creek, sending water across main roads and into one Bayview convenience store.

Cleanup started at The Mercantile at 4 a.m. Thursday when the manager got the call that the store was flooding.

"We were hoping it wasn't as bad as it looked.  Fortunately it wasn't.  We had a lot of volunteers here today," said Scott Bjergo who works at The Mercantile.
 
Volunteers pumped out 30 to 40 gallons of water per hour.  Meanwhile, crews tried to break up huge ice chunks that caused the flooding problem.  Bayview Creek flows through town.  The ice clogged up culverts sending water everywhere.

"Came out at 11 last night and got a call from my neighbor.  I said nothing was going on here and at 4:30 he called me again and my whole yard was flooded," said Bayview neighbor Skip Wilcox.

Workers put down sandbags to try to contain the creek.  They say things are flowing more smoothly now.  Volunteers at The Mercantile are hoping it will not freeze overnight and the water won't spill over the creek's banks.

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