St. Joe River could reach record levels

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Posted on April 25, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 26 at 11:59 AM

ST. MARIES-- Flooding is becoming a problem for people living along the St. Joe River at St. Maries. It is expected to rise through Friday.

Neighbors living along the St. Joe in St. Maries say the water has risen about 8 inches in one day and that's creating concern for the people living along one of the water dikes.

Flood stage for the St. Joe River is considered 32.5 feet. As of Thursday morning, the river was over three feet above flood stage at 35.55 feet. Officials estimate it should continue to rise through the day, and then crest at 38 feet Friday.

The National Weather Service predicts the water levels to reach historic proportions.

If the river hits 38 feet it will be the seventh highest level ever in the history of St. Maries.

Benewah County Emergency Manager Norm Suenkel says all of the water levies are ok and can handle the water. He says things could change, “even at lower elevation with high waters I’m concerned with because that's a lot of water going through the system.”
 

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