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Bonners Ferry Residents Paddle Home

To get from her front door to the end of the driveway, Alicia Tatum needs a boat. Two weeks ago, she could park her car in the meadow surrounding the mobile home where she lives with her cousin. But steady rains and high flows in the Kootenai River have created a deep pool in the front yard. Helpful friends brought over their aluminum fishing boat. On Tuesday, Tatum, 21, used it to take her laundry into town. “I boated my laundry across because we don’t want to use the washer,” she explained, holding her shivering dog while yet another storm pelted Bonners Ferry with heavy rains. “We’re concerned about the septic system failing.” It’s been an exceptionally soggy month in this North Idaho town, with 4.39 inches of rainfall recorded during June. The relentless dousing set a precipitation record, surpassing the previous record of 3.96 inches in June 1981/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Aaron Cada looks on as he helps a friend get to her flooded mobile home in Bonners Ferry on Tuesday)

Question: Which do you prefer - a lotta rain or a lotta snow?




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