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Coeur d’Alene River Flooding Worst Since 1996
Released: 5/19/2008 5:30:00 PM

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Northern Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River has risen to its highest flood stage since 1996, according to information collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). As of 11:00 am, Mountain Daylight Time, today, the USGS streamflow gage on the Coeur d'Alene River near Cataldo, Idaho measured the height of the river at 45.87 feet. This is the highest stage measurement recorded at that gage since February 9, 1996, when the river stood at 51.62 feet. Flood stage for the Coeur d'Alene River at Cataldo is 43 feet.

Today's latest streamflow measurement at the Cataldo gage shows that the river is flowing at a rate of 31,900 cubic feet per second, That figure is less than half of the 70,000 cubic feet per second recorded during the 1996 flood. The peak flow of record for the gage is 79,000 cubic feet per second, recorded on January 16, 1974.

Information on current conditions for the Coeur d'Alene and other Idaho rivers can be accessed on the Web at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/rt.

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