RIVERS — Recent rains storms with more on the way combined with high flows out of Canada are prolonging the region's “spring” runoff in a big way.
The Kootenai River rose above flood stage at Bonners Ferry today, according to our S-R weather reporter. The minor flooding is expected through Friday, forecasters said. The river was about three inches above flood stage of 64 feet at Bonners Ferry.
In addition, the Pend Oreille River below Albeni Falls Dam was near flood stage. The river was at 45 feet in Newport this morning.
Cities such as Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry could break records for June rainfall with more than five inches recorded there already this month.