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Record rains soak Idaho

By: Jake Putnam
Published in Video on  May 30, 2019

Boise-- A series of storms have soaked Southern Idaho.

By Thursday, precipitation levels  in Southwest Idaho doubled the average for May. The steady string of storms have left more than  2.62 inches of rain, far eclipsing the 1.39 inch of normal rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

Chuck Redman of the National Weather Service says Boise has tallied almost an inch of rain at the Boise office this past week.

In fact, the Treasure valley surpassed a rainfall milestone over the Memorial holiday weekend. 

The NWS tweeted that 2019 has the third-highest rain totals since records began in the 1860’s. On Thursday the region moved up in the record books to the second wettest year ever topping 10.71 inches of rain. The wettest recorded year was in 1896, when 12.81 inches of precip fell by May 28.

 Anderson, Arrowrock and Lucky Peak reservoirs are filled to the brim and water usage is way down. The Boise system is still in flood control and will continue until it heats up in June.

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