Higher flows flood Garden City parking lots

The water has flooded the University of Idaho's extension office parking lot.

GARDEN CITY - Flows along the Boise River Monday afternoon were at the highest they’ve been this year at just under 9,600 cubic feet per second. The Army Corp of Engineers tells KTVB flows are expected to remain that high for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, it’s causing some headaches for the University of Idaho Extension Office.

“I've never seen it like this before. This is brand new to us,” Susan Bell, a horticulturist at the extension office, said.

Rising water levels have completely flooded their parking lot. Currently, the office wants people to park across the street at the Glenwood Bridge parking lot or about half a block down at the Ada County Fairgrounds.

“A lot of times we can have as many as 40 people for our classes and there's nowhere to park,” Bell said.

The extension office is still offering their plant diagnostic classes, but has canceled their composting classes because of flooding.

“Maybe in the fall we can start again with the composting, but a lot of our compost piles have pretty much floated away,” Bell said.

Bell says that equates to a loss of money, as clients do pay a small fee to participate in those classes. Flood waters have also made their way into the extension office’s supply shed.

“We're a little concerned about the shed and what's in there at this point, but I guess we'll just wait and see. The flood is totaling buckling in there,” Bell said.

Until then though, the extension office is having a little bit of fun with their so-called beach access.

“We have our own shark and stuff floating out there. We have little paper boat races we can do, and all sorts of things out here,” Bell said.

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