Those in the Pocatello area may have noticed large dark blue clouds and wind that ultimately led to sunshine, however in south bannock county, flash flooding and other issues came almost out of nowhere.
Sheriff Lorin Nielsen explained that, “About four thirty we had one of those thunderstorms that went through the Mink Creek area. Because of the a lot of the fire damage that we had last year, we had an awful lot of debris.”
Residents that I spoke to indicated just fifteen minutes of heavy rain and hail caused these issues
“Property Damage Yes, Landslides yes, to the extent, I don’t know yet,” Nielsen said.
Sandbags were made available by the bannock county sheriff’s department. The sheriff would like to remind citizens not to sell these free items.
“We want the people, if they need them, to use them. Please, don’t be as stupid as to sell something that we’re giving out to the public free. That is in my mind a misuse of public property and it will be prosecuted as such,” Nielsen said.
Finally the sheriff feels the work of citizens has been a positive reflection on this area
Sheriff Nielsen noted that, “I don’t want to emphasize the negative, we’ve got people out here working together, we’ve got that spirit in Pocatello and in Bannock County of people helping each other.”