The Big Wood River overflowed its banks in west Hailey over Easter weekend, flooding portions of War Eagle Drive and prompting city crews to shut down through-access to the neighborhood. The Draper Preserve trail is flooded and off-limits.
A flood advisory is in effect for the Big Wood, including Della View and Gimlet neighborhoods.
“The river rose higher than we thought it would,” Hailey Fire Chief Craig Aberbach said. “We are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.”
The Big Wood rose to 4.19 feet Sunday and is expected to rise to 4.73 by Saturday.
“The forecast has the river at below 5 feet [flood stage] through May 2,” said Mike Huston, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pocatello.
According to the National Weather Service, at 5 feet the river would create street flooding will along Cedar, War Eagle and Della Vista drives in the lower subdivisions in Hailey, and in Riverview Drive in Bellevue. Water would also be over some secondary roads in west Ketchum (Wood River Drive). Gimlet subdivision would have flooding issues also.
For further coverage of this story, check the Wednesday, April 23, edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.