Flood watch in effect for county

Water ponded at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 95 and Kootenai Cutoff Road on Tuesday. (Photo by KEITH KINNAIRD)

SANDPOINT — The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the northern Panhandle on Tuesday.

Forecasters said small stream and urban flooding is possible with total rainfall since Monday of 1-3 inches. High-elevation snow will be a nuisance for mountains passes above 5,000 feet, such as Shoshone County’s Lookout Pass.

The weather service said more heavy rain is expected into next week, which will continue to pose a threat for small stream or urban flooding.

Bonner County Emergency Management Director Bob Howard said the rain had yet to cause any serious havoc as of Tuesday afternoon.

“So far, so good,” Howard said.

Soaking rains on Monday and Tuesday caused water to pond at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 95 and Schweitzer Cutoff Road, where highway widening work is under way. There was also water running over part of Samuels Road, although Howard said that’s not an uncommon occurrence.

There were no road washouts reported on Tuesday, Howard said.

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration reported that Sandpoint received 1.78 inches of rain on Tuesday. A little more than a half an inch was received on Monday.

The rains put a bit of a damper on base-building on Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s slopes.

The resort reported on Monday that it had received 15 inches of snow over a 48-hour period, but reported on Tuesday that the snowfall turned to rain overnight.

“The good news is it’s supposed to switch back to snow and stay that way tonight,” read a message posted to the resort’s online snow report.

The weather service forecasts valley rain and mountain snow today

Read More News

Defense: Death penalty a financial move

August 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d'ALENE — Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams will argue next week in district court that prosecutors were motivated by financial reasons to seek the death penalty for the man...

Read More

Trial postponed in crash case

August 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — The trial of a Canadian man accused of causing a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 95 is being postponed to allow for more discovery in the case.Mihail G. Lazaresku was...

Read More

Museum, Rotary Club set fundraiser

August 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SAGLE — A black tie event on Oct. 1 will celebrate the legacy of Drs. Forrest and Pamela Bird, while also helping to support local education and the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention...

Read More

Bike and Build group rides to the aid of Blue Haven

August 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Blue Haven, a transitional home for homeless families, received a much-needed facelift this week.About 30 Bike and Build riders from 18 different states pulled into...

Read More