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David Sparks Ph.d Water Catastrophe
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: May 02, 2017

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“We are grateful that President Trump acted quickly to support parts of Idaho struggling through one of our worst weather-related disasters in recent memory,” Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “But it’s important to remember that areas of Idaho beyond these 11 counties also were impacted and now face the threat of serious flooding as a result of our heavy winter snowfall. This is great news, and there should be more to come.”


Damage assessments in Bingham, Cassia, Elmore, Franklin, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington counties exceed $30 million. Many primary and secondary roadways were damaged beyond repair, forcing residents in some areas to get around in small boats or kayaks.


Idaho Farm Bureau reporter, Jake Putnam: "The one thing we are seeing with the potato farmers in the Magic Valley and eastern part of the state, they are 10 days to two weeks behind schedule. The big concern right now is that, yes it's wet, but there are platters out there rolling today and it is wet but the soil temperatures are still very cold. The cold is good in the sense that it keeps the snow in the mountains but it is bad because it is hard to get anything planted.



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