Businesses prepare for the possibility of more flooding

More sandbags are going up at a Garden City business park.

BOISE - Boise River flows are expected to remain close to where they are now for at least the next week.

Some businesses in the area are already preparing for the potential for more flooding.

Another 2,000 sandbags were delivered today to the Riverview Business Park in Garden City.

Business owners and property managers are fighting water on two fronts.

They've put up a concrete barrier to help protect them from the river.

They've also had to battle Mother Nature and the rain, as their storm drains have become inundated with water from the river.

A concrete barrier, a water pump, and now thousands of sandbags separate the Riverview Business Park from the Boise River.

“We're getting close to 30,000,” said property manager Donna Sallen.

That's dollars, Sallen is talking about, in preventative maintenance costs to keep the flood waters out of their business park.

All of the hard work has paid off, as thankfully none of the businesses in the park have been damaged. This as they've been battling water on two fronts, the river itself and their storm drains.

“They are lower than the river, as the river rises it would basically raise out water into our units here,” said Sallen. “So once the river goes down we can unplug the storm drains.”

But because their storm drains are closed, every time it rains, the water has nowhere to go.

“So we have a twofold little problem here,” said Sallen.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a large tree got stuck in the Boise River right outside their park, sending flood waters into nearby roadways.

“When that tree came it did create a lot of havoc,” said Sallen.

Havoc that agencies like the Idaho Transportation Department and Ada County Highway District are looking to avoid. They've spent the last two weeks pulling a number of trees from the river after they've threatened their roadways.

“We have crews checking our infrastructure a few times a day in areas where we have concern,” said ACHD spokeswoman Nicole DuBois.

Troy Lindquist with the National Weather Service expects flows to remain this high for about the next week, but says the outlook is good.

“The weather pattern looks like it's going to be dry, so that's going to be helpful in not adding some rain to that snowmelt,” he said.

Much of the remaining snow in the Boise Basin is above 7,000 feet. Although there's still a lot there, Lindquist expects what's left to melt and run off in a more controlled manner.

“That's a very small area of the basin as a whole, when you look at the entire Boise Basin,” he said.

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