Floods Soak McCall and New Meadows; Winter Storm Warning for Mountains


A trough of steady precipitation remained over south-central Idaho early Saturday, which is bad news for already water-logged Adams and Valley counties.

The village of New Meadows declared a flood emergency on Friday and set up an evacuation respite in the town's senior center. Sandbags line several neighborhood streets but floodwaters cover many of New Meadows' thoroughfares.

The McCall Star News reported Friday that several major roads, including stretches of Highway 55 such as the "S" curves between the Rainbow Bridge and Round Valley, were covered with water. A pilot car was being used to guide one lane of traffic through the area.

Meanwhile, the Brundage and Tamarack ski resorts are enjoying some of the best snowfall of a challenged season. Brundage announced this week that it hoped to remain open weekends into early May.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in effect for lower rivers throughout the Treasure Valley and a winter storm warning for the Sawtooth Mountains and Big and Little Wood River areas.