Update: Standing water in Eagle prompts sandbags, road closures

February 12, 2014 

Eagle fire crews and others worked through the afternoon and evening Wednesday to divert water away from houses near the intersection of East Beacon Light and North Eagle Road after rain and snow melt led to standing water in the area.

Water from a few inches to a couple of feet deep is standing in yards and fields at five properties, and the Ada County Sheriff's Inmate Labor Detail filled sandbags to divert the water away from four homes, Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said. Eagle firefighters and the Ada County Highway District pumped water from an overflowing pond southwest of the intersection into an empty canal running next to it. That alleviated high water and prevented it from reaching homes along North Sutter.

Beacon Light between Los Luceros and Eagle Road was closed for a time while crews diverted water away from homes and into canals. When it reopened, North Eagle Road between Sutter and Beacon Light was closed so the fire department could pump water across the road, the sheriff's office reports.

None of the water has flowed onto the roads, Dearden said, and that is not expected to become an issue in the near future. A small amount of water reportedly seeped into the basement of one house on Beacon Light, but otherwise homes are staying dry, Dearden said.

"This is a runoff/standing water issue but not a rising water/flooding event," Dearden said. "The river is not affected. No other homes or properties are threatened by standing water at this time."

Firefighters and police will monitor areas through the night to watch for any safety concerns, she said. Homeowners who have water on their property are asked to let the Eagle Fire Department know if the water is within 5 feet of the house by calling Ada County non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790. Firefighters and deputies will respond to assess the situation and provide sandbags if needed.

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