With warmer temperatures expected this week,
Coeur d'Alene officials are concerned about the potential for localized flooding.
The warmer weather is likely to cause rapid thawing of the massive snow berms on area streets and roadways. It will help address the problems of the narrowed roads, but will also mean increased water flow.
Localized flooding can occure when snow and ice covers and clogs stormwater drains.
Even snow that has turned to slush can plug drains and may need to be cleared. City crews are already out working to clear catch basins at various intersections. They are encouraging residents to begin clearing any drains near their property as well.
Here are some tips if you find yourself navigating watery roads in the coming days:
- Slow down when driving. Even small amounts of water on roads can cause a vehicle to hydroplane.
- Don't drive over flooded areas if possible. When in doubt - turn around.
- If floodwaters on roadways are next to rivers or laes, don't drive into the water as the road could be washed away.
- Rapid thawing can cause potholes in roads.
If you see localized flooding problems, contact the City's streets and Engineering Department at (208) 769-2234 or (208) 415-0400.