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Slides, debris result in closures on county, USFS roads

Due to slides and debris, the Falls Point Road 443 is closed at the gate near milepost 24. This road accesses Falls Point, Indian Hill and the Meadow Creek Trail.

Credit: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Due to slides and debris, the Falls Point Road 443 is closed at the gate near milepost 24. This road accesses Falls Point, Indian Hill and the Meadow Creek Trail.



Continued wet weather atop already saturated soils continue to cause issues throughout Idaho County.

East of Kooskia, according to Idaho County Disaster Management Office coordinator Jerry Zumalt, a section 2.1 miles up Cedar Creek Road was closed this afternoon (Friday, March 24) after a portion collapsed last night. The slide is roughly 60 by 35 feet and about 25 feet deep.

In that area, a section of Big Cedar Road is experiencing substantial degradation.

On Cove Road outside Grangeville, substructure problems are starting to develop with cracks opening along the center line, approximately two miles up.

On Tuesday, March 21, the Idaho County Commission declared a state of emergency. Zumalt said a geotechnical firm will be coming in next week to assess the situation.

As of Friday evening, March 24, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is reporting two forest roads have been closed on the Moose Creek Ranger District due to slides and debris:

  • The Swiftwater Road 470 is closed at the Swiftwater Bridge.
  • The Falls Point Road 443 is closed at the gate near milepost 24. This road accesses Falls Point, Indian Hill and the Meadow Creek Trail.

Forest Road Updates Online

Updated information on access will be posted as it becomes available on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests’ website: www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater or on the Forest’s Facebook page.

Nez Perce-Clearwater officials caution visitors who want to take advantage of receding snow to use caution and be prepared to encounter rocks, trees, mud and other debris when traveling forest roads.

Forest Service employees will be assessing conditions regularly as snow melts and access to the Forest begins to open.



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