Hailey flooding

A walkway to someone’s backyard is flooded with water May 16 in the Della View area in Hailey.

PAT SUTPHIN, TIMES-NEWS

HAILEY — The Big Wood River is expected to rise above flood stage again.

At 6 a.m. Thursday, the stream gauge at the Bullion Street Bridge was already at the 6-feet flood stage, the city said in a statement, and more flooding is expected in the Draper Preserve and Della View neighborhoods.

Cooler weather Thursday evening and through the weekend is expected to lead to a slight drop in the river level, although flooding in the Della View neighborhood, which has been flooded since early this month and was evacuated because of it, will likely continue.

Also, the recent high spring flows have caused the load of gravel on the stream bottom to build up between Lion’s Park and Heagle Park, forcing the river to rise and find new routes through the Draper Preserve, Sherwood Forest and Della View neighborhoods. This has led to continuous flooding in Della View even though the river’s height dropped to below 5 feet between May 18 and May 23. City officials said residents should prepare for flooding even at lower river levels.

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The previous road closures and mandatory evacuations are still in place.

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