The Nez Perce County Board of County Commissioners issued a disaster declaration on Monday, June 13, 2022. This comes after the excessive rainfall throughout the weekend, which caused rivers and creeks to rise, resulting in localized flooding that is impacting homes and private properties in the area.
The Nez Perce County Road and Bridge Department, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, and Nez Perce County Office of Emergency Management responded throughout the weekend to calls of rising water. Sand and sandbags were delivered to key locations Monday morning to help protect private homes and properties as the rain continues.
Empty sandbags are available at the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office for public use. Please call the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office at 208-799-3131 to request free, empty sandbags.
Please review the following list of roads in Nez Perce County that have been impacted by flooding and observe the areas to avoid:
• Reubens-Gifford Road: Reduced to one lane near Lookout, due to damaged pavement. Avoid travel, if possible. Be alert and reduce speed.
• Rock Creek Road: Many washouts reducing the road to one lane. Avoid the area. Unsafe for public travel.
• Southwick Grade: Water over the roadway. Avoid the area and seek an alternate route.
• Bobbitt Bench: Several washouts reducing the road to one lane. Avoid the area and
seek an alternate route.
• Cherry Lane Bridge: Temporary work bridge has been impacted by debris and high
water. Avoid the area and seek an alternate route.
• Fuecht Road: Road damage from creek overtopping road. Avoid the area and seek an alternate route.
• Highway 95 – between Sweetwater and Jaques Spur: Travel reduced to one lane due to damaged pavement. Avoid the area and seek an alternate route.
• Webb Road: Closed near Highway 95 due to water over the roadway.
The Emergency Operations Center for the City of Lewiston and Nez Perce County has been activated to facilitate emergency response efforts. Crews will continue responding to affected areas and provide updates as needed.