Nampa declares state of emergency after two of four snow plows are down

The city of Nampa has declared a state of emergency after two of its four snow plows have been broken down.

Nampa said it declared the emergency after two of the city's four plows have broken down due to "non-stop use" of equipment since Dec. 5. Replacement parts for the plows will be shipped to the city at the end of the week, but temporary parts are being fabricated by a local machine shop.

The declaration of emergency is largely an administrative tool that allows the city to bypass the typical time-consuming bidding process to hire contractors.

Also on Tuesday, the city of Kuna also declared a state of emergency due to the accumulation of snow and ice on the streets and sidewalks which have caused storm drains to become blocked.

"With the warming temperatures, snow, slush and standing water is impeding safe travel on the streets and sidewalks, all of which constitutes a local disaster emergency," Kuna officials said.