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Morning News-Lisa Lete
Dancers from Downtown Dance made their way through the floodwaters to their waiting rides in the alley between Ash and Broadway following a torrential rainstorm that flooded the city Wednesday afternoon.
A flash flood hit Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon following an intense downpour.
On Wednesday, Chief Deputy Jeff Gardner with the Bingham County Sheriff's office asked people to stay home if at all possible.
"We have stalled vehicles all over and we are dealing with the traffic," he said.
Some home and business owners reported that their buildings were flooded with water and sewage. City officials noted that the wastewater system was overwhelmed and asked residents to curtail their usage for a few hours.
Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland said sand and sandbags were available at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds for those who needed them. He, Police Chief Kurt Asmus and Mayor Paul Loomis filled sandbags and reported "a steady stream of people" came to pick them up.
It's estimated there was three inches of rain in the first 15 minutes.
Meteorologist John Hinsberger with the National Weather Service in Pocatello said, "This weather is not unexpected.
"We are experiencing monsoon moisture from the Gulf of Mexico that is making its way along the I-15 corridor," he said.
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