Bridge, flooding concern Bonner County community, Army Corp to help

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by Cole Heath & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 26 at 5:22 PM

BONNER COUNTY-- The wooden bridge on Cocolalla Loop Road in Bonner County is major concern for the community. 

Both neighbors and officials say high water is washing away the ground that anchors the bridge. If it goes,  it could strand hundreds of people.

David George can see it from his back yard. He has lived on Cocolalla Creek for seven years, and says the water has never been so high.

For weeks crews have been keeping an eye on the bridge.

County Emergency Officials told us Thursday the Army Corp of Enginers will start improving the bridge. The Corp sent an engineer to check things out ahead of time.

The Army Copr of Engineers is going to put rocks and other materials along the side of the bridge to streghthen it and stop erosion. 

The Corp of Engineers will start working on it 7 a.m. Friday.

Facing a spring storm with heavy rainfall and increasing flows to rivers already nearing and exceeding flood stages, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has three flood teams out in basins in northern Idaho, western Montana and central Washington. 
 

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