Island Park cleanup after rain causes massive flooding

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ISLAND PARK — Island Park businesses and property owners are trying to save their properties from major water damage after days of rain caused massive flooding in Fremont County.

A flood warning is currently in place for southeast Idaho, including Fremont County, through 2 p.m. Wednesday.

A camping trailer at Island Park stuck in this massive flood. | Courtesy of Katie Pierce

“My garage is flooded. We are working on building a dam on the side of the building,” said Katie Pierce, owner of Shotgun Bar at Island Park. “The county dropped off sand and bags. Many friends and neighbors showed up to help.

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Flooding outside the Shotgun Bar in Island Park. | Courtesy of Katie Pierce

Other areas prone to flooding include:

Ashton, Marysville, Henrys Lake, Parker, Drummond, Ashton Reservoir, Last Chance, Island Park Reservoir, Ponds Lodge, Chester, Shotgun Village, Macks Inn, St Anthony, Island Park Village, Egin, Warm River, Ashton Hill, Harriman State Park , Mesa Falls State Park and Big Springs.

“This is the worst overflow we’ve had,” said Keith Richey, Fremont County emergency management coordinator. “We get this every two years, but it’s the worst we’ve had. Fremont County has staged sand and sandbags at the Shotgun Bar for those experiencing flooding in the area.

Flooding near Pine Crest in Island Park. | Video courtesy of Katie Pierce.

According to the National Weather Service, as of 10:45 a.m. Monday, between 0.75 and 1.75 inches of rain had already fallen.

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Fremont County helps deal with flooding with blood bags. | Courtesy of Katie Pierce

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County officials and Island Park residents are working together to collect water and set up sandbags.

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