CATALDO-- The town of Cataldo braced for the Coeur d’Alene River to steadily rise through Wednesday afternoon.
The Army Crops of Engineers started pumping water away from homes last week when the Coeur d'Alene River reached 46 feet, three feet above flood stage.
The fire department was able to step in, and keep flood waters from reaching houses.
Leann Baysinger is used to dealing with lots of water. Back in 1996, her Cataldo home was nearly ruined. “People in Cataldo get water in their basements, in their yards.”
Just last week, river water backed up into town, and covered most of Baysinger's front deck. It made it nearly impossible for Baysinger's wheelchair bound husband to leave the house. “No matter what, if we don’t get the water down from my road, then that comes across and really fills us up.”
Thankfully, volunteer firefighters were able to put a pump near the house, and kept the area from flooding.
Right now the Coeur d’Alene River is about two feet below flood stage, but a rainy forecast could cause levels to rise again soon.