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In March, the state of Idaho requested presidential disaster declarations for Ada, Canyon, Custer, Payette and Washington counties, which were hit with record-breaking snowfall between December 2016 and January, but the request was denied. The state is still appealing that decision.
As for Friday's declaration, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said, "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.”