Governor declares State of Emergency in Elmore County
Governor “Butch” Otter has declared a State Declaration of Emergency for Elmore County following heavy rains that washed out Middle Fork Road and redirected the flow of the Boise River.
The blockage has blocked access to the city of Atlanta, Idaho and now engineers have estimated that a repair will likely cost roughly $2 million.
Crews are working hard to repair the road prior to the arrival of winter which closes the other access routes to Atlanta.
The declaration is a prerequisite to access Federal Highway Association Emergency Relief funding and enables the state to provide funding for repairs.
“We’ve been working with the Idaho Transportation Department and Elmore County to find engineering and funding options to get the road to Atlanta open before winter,” said Brigadier General Brad Richy, IBHS director. “Projects like these are complex and take a team to solve. Given the amount of acres that have burned across Idaho the past few years, we hope to mitigate as many of these risks as possible, before they become larger issues.”