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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Off-Ramps Closed, I-90 Not Affected

Idaho State Police have closed off-ramps at Cataldo because water is over the roadway. However, the flooding is not affecting travel on Interstate 90. The off-ramps are expected to be closed for some time, according to a dispatcher.

The Coeur d’Alene River level was at almost 2146 feet of elevation late Monday, about three feet above flood stage. Additionally, Lake Coeur d’Alene is currently just over 2132 feet of elevation. Flooding occurs on the lake at 2133 feet while normal summer level is at 2128 feet, according to Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Capt. Ben Wolfinger.

The Coeur d’Alene River is expected to remain above flood stage for the next several days. Coeur d’Alene Lake is expected at this time to crest at 2135.55 feet late Saturday.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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