Local Corps workers in Idaho to fight possible flooding

The workers are in Bingham and Teton counties as the threat of high water looms.

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WALLA WALLA -- Six local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel are in Idaho today to help fight potential flooding.

A four-member team from the Walla Walla District office was sent to Blackfoot, Idaho, Tuesday to provide technical assistance to Bingham County officials as they prepare for seasonal flows to peak in the Snake River.

Two more Corps employees were sent Wednesday to Teton County to help officials reinforce levees, said Gina Baltrusch, Corps public information specialist.

The four-member team consisted of A. Simeon Francis, a civil engineer and project manager at the district headquarters; Brad Clarke, an engineering equipment operator leader at Lower Granite Dam near Pomeroy; Pasquale Anolfo, a natural resource specialist at McNary Lock Dam and Ben Wolfram, a contract specialist at the Walla Walla office.

The two members who deployed Wednesday from Walla Walla were Herb Bessey, levee safety program manager and Nathan Pierson, a civil engineer.

The Walla Walla District office has also sent more than 100,000 sandbags to Bingham County and Bear Lake County and more than 50,000 sandbags to Payette and Gem Counties, as well as the city of Horseshoe Bend, to help those areas prepare for possible flooding.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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