ST MARIES, Idaho-- St. Maries residents are braced for serious flooding forecasted by the National Weather Service.
Some summer cabins along the St. Joe River were slowly becoming submerged Thursday.
Deanne Hawkins has lived near the waters edge for decades, but it's been some time since she's seen the St. Joe spill this far beyond its banks. “We knew we were gonna get it, we were just hoping it wasn't all gonna come at once.”
Hawkins keeps an eye on the normally waterfront, not waterlogged property. She built her cabin on stilts, 2 feet higher than what the permit required. She remembers the floods of 1996 and '97. The river was so high they were stranded for a week. Hawkins is apprehensive; it could happen again.
The National Weather Service is forecasted the river to rise another two feet by Friday night.
All Hawkins can do is watch, as the waters continue to creep higher, hoping it'll recede sometime soon.