**Press Release From Kootenai County Office Of Emergency Management**
KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The National Weather Service has released a Hydrological Statement indicating that the Coeur d'Alene River at Cataldo will reach, "Action Stage" sometime on Friday, April 5th. Action Stage is at 2142 feet, with Minor Flood Stage being at 2143 feet. There are no forecasts at this time indicating that the river will reach Flood Stage. This forecast is based upon the recent warm weather melting of the snowpack at the higher elevations and is coupled with the forecast for rain over the coming days.
The current forecast is for the river to crest at just over 2142 feet (Action Stage) on Friday and remain above Action Stage until approximately mid-day on Sunday. The river should begin to recede rapidly, once it drops below 2142 feet.
There are several bands of rain forecasted for our region which may impact the current river forecast. It is too early for the Weather Service to predict exactly which specific watershed area(s) may receive heavier or lighter rain amounts.
As a precaution, the Kootenai County Office Of Emergency Management (OEM) has staged a flood pump in Cataldo, should it be needed. At current forecast levels, it is not anticipated that the pump will have to be utilized.
Local residents living in low-level, flood prone areas are advised to review their family disaster plans and to take appropriate actions to protect their property now. This may include sandbagging, moving possessions to higher ground or to upper levels within structures and the moving of livestock.
Residents should tune into daily weather forecasts to get the latest on changing conditions and flood warnings. To view the most current river level forecasts for Cataldo, CLICK HERE.
For your safety, do not drive or walk through flowing water. As little as one foot of flowing water on the road can move many vehicles off the road. Also, be cautious of the low water temperatures that may be encountered at this time of year.