Yikes!! This winter storm is more significant than we thought.

Boise mayor David Bieter declared the city to be in a state of emergency which would last for seven days according to KTVB.

The state of emergency status can last longer than the seven days, if Bieter decides to extend it. By doing so, Boise is able to bypass the typical methods such as bidding, in order to get the city the supplies it needs.

Currently, there is expected rainfall to hit the city within the next few days which can cause severe flooding. This threat has caused the city to begin contracting with operators of backhoes, dump trucks and other essentials if needed.