All of Bear Lake County was declared a flood emergency area on Tuesday by the Bear Lake County Commission. The worst of the flooding has been in Montpelier, Idaho where Mayor Reed Peterson says the cooler weather has helped. “It’s on Montpelier Creek,” Peterson says of the Montpelier Reservoir. “It was put in 40 years ago. It’s a flood control, irrigation storage reservoir.”But Peterson says the maximum amount of water is coming out of the reservoir up Montpelier Canyon and more than that is going in.”With all the snowpack this year we’ve never seen something like this. We’ve been close a couple times.”A Declaration of Disaster has been prepared for Montpelier in anticipation of property damage caused by the flooding. Flood concerns are not isolated to the Montpelier Creek and its reservoir, Peterson says. “Then we have another canyon, Home Canyon, that doesn’t have a reservoir on it and the snowpack up there is a concern also.”The mayor says the reservoir is being monitored daily and the city is putting in a new pump system which could help minimize damage. Peterson says other parts of the county also have concerns. He says a couple from Dingle, Idaho has to use a boat to get in and out of their own home. As for Bear Lake, Peterson says it is rising to the point where there could be much less beach area to enjoy this summer.
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