BOISE, Idaho – Acting Gov. Brad Little declared a state of emergency for Blaine County on Sunday, clearing the way for the use of State resources to help the central Idaho county cope with flooding caused by melting mountain snowpack.

“We had a tough winter, and now with warmer weather Blaine County is seeing the effects of heavy snowfall and the resulting runoff. This emergency declaration means the State of Idaho will share in the financial burden the floodwaters are causing to our state and municipal infrastructure,” Little said today.

“We have had an abnormal winter exceeding 25-year, 50-year and perhaps 100-year event projections. Now that we’re well into spring and headed for summer, we’re seeing a new burden on our citizens.”

Gov. Little is regularly updated on flooding and other weather-related conditions throughout Idaho by the State Office of Emergency Management. Twenty-nine of Idaho’s 44 counties now have either a county or state emergency declaration.

Gov C.L. "Butch" Otter is out of the state, leaving Little as acting governor.

Source: State of Idaho, Lt. Governor's Office

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