Warm temperatures and forecast rain on snow at higher elevations are expected to bring increased flooding to residential areas near the Big Wood River this week.

     “We’re expecting the river to peak early on Friday evening,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jack Messick said Tuesday.

     Messick, based in Pocatello, said the river depth on the gauge at Hailey was expected to rise from 4.64 feet Tuesday to a 5.34-foot crest Friday. A gradual decrease in flows for several days afterward is expected, with the river subsiding below flood stage by May 18.

     “Persons near the river should be aware of the expected high water and take action to protect property,” the Weather Service stated in a news release.

     For full coverage read the Wednesday, May 15, edition of the Mountain Express.

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