BOISE -- The Bureau of Reclamation is using a new tactic to find the source of water that is flooding basements, crawlspaces and yards of some homes in one southeast Boise neighborhood.
The flooding is happening at five homes located on South Minuteman Way. The Bureau of Reclamation says it is working to find the source as soon as possible, while neighbors say they're running out of patience.
The amount of water has never decreased that we see coming in -- it's only increased, said Amanda Wheelwright.
Amanda Wheelwright says for the past four weeks a pump has been running nearly non-stop, pumping water out of the crawlspace of her home. The Bureau of Reclamation is now sampling that water to try and pinpoint where it s coming from.
That will give us a clue as to where the source of the water may have come from, said Steve Acree, a geologist with the Bureau of Reclamation.
Acree and his team tested multiple locations including the New York Canal where neighbors suspect the water is coming from.
We'll take samples up gradient, down gradient, and then the area of concern, said Acree.
After the samples are collected they'll be shipped to a lab where technicians will look at everything from pH levels, dissolved nutrients and other minerals. They'll then try and determine whether the water found inside the homes matches the water in the canal or another source.
For Wheelwright and her family they're hoping for a conclusion soon.
We can't leave. If we wanted to take a vacation we can't. If we wanted to go camping, we can't. We can't leave things just standing, said Wheelwright.
The Bureau of Reclamation says it will take about a week or so for the results of the tests to come back. In the meantime, the bureau says it will continue other avenues of finding the source including monitoring the levels in the canal and looking over thermal imaging data that was recently collected.