Canyon County

Boise River flooding’s made the Greenbelt in Caldwell a mess, too

Flooding turns Caldwell's new dog park into duck pond

Boise River flooding impacts have been relatively minor so far but one local campground and RV park had to evacuate some residents and backed up storm drains have left water near some homes close to the river. Whittenberger Park and the new Centen
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Boise River flooding impacts have been relatively minor so far but one local campground and RV park had to evacuate some residents and backed up storm drains have left water near some homes close to the river. Whittenberger Park and the new Centen

Water managers who plan to increase the flow of the Boise River next week have some around the Treasure Valley on edge. But the owner of a campground that evacuated about 40 people due to flooding in March said Friday he’s not worried he’ll have to make more leave.

“The water has actually receded,” said Randy Wolters, owner of Caldwell Campground and RV Park. “I’m not as concerned because the river has gone down.”

Boise River flooding impacts have been relatively minor in Canyon County, but they’ve been a real hassle for some in Caldwell — including those who want to use the city’s new dog park. Centennial Dog Park, which opened in October, began taking on water in February.

“The dog park has become a duck park,” the park’s Facebook page proclaimed on Feb. 25. Authorities closed off sections of the dog park as the flood water encroached.

By April 10, it was completely closed to users. The dog park remains fully submerged, and the adjoining Whittenberger Park is a lake.

“Things will come back together there,” said Bruce Orton, director of Caldwell Public Works. Fences will be mended, and the city will re-seed the park grass. Workers will also check the irrigation system for flooding impacts.

The river flow through Caldwell is about 1,000 cubic feet per second lower than in Boise due to irrigation withdrawals between the two cities, Orton said.

[What’s a cubic foot per second? Our flooding Q&A]

But it’s still been high enough to cause a mess. Large portions of Curtis Park have flooded, and water over the Greenbelt has forced some closures along its length. City officials expect they’ll need to repair parts of the Greenbelt once the water recedes.

There’s deep standing water in some fields and near houses along Centennial Way. That’s a result of the stormwater system backing up — water is bubbling back up through the storm drains, Orton said.

The Canyon County Office of Emergency Management is keeping a running list of flooding impacts.

“Many fields have flooded but so far there has been no real damage to homes or infrastructure,” county spokesman Joe Decker said.

Elsewhere in the county, four trees have become lodged on the U.S. Highway 95 bridge near Parma, one of the Idaho Transportation Department’s bridges of highest concern. The surface of the water is now right up to the bottom of the bridge.

Other roads now impacted include Boise River Road to the east of Rudd, and hunting and fishing access to the Erskine-Boise River Dixie area along Dixie Road, Hubler Field along Hubler Lane and along Lansing Lane.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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