CALDWELL, Idaho — Highway district officials say the collapsed culvert that led to the flooding of a neighborhood between Caldwell and Nampa could have been prevented if a city shared a report with the agency.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Canyon Highway District No. 4 commissioners say the city of Caldwell had a report that found structural problems with the culvert in 2013. The culvert under Midway Road collapsed, flooding 21 homes in August.

City officials say the report was not completed, and they thought the inspector sent it by mistake.

Commissioners say the “culvert would have been immediately replaced” if they were alerted to the issue.

City attorney Mark Hilty says legal claims against the city and the highway district are pending, and both parties should not be commenting on the matter.


Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune, http://www.idahopress.com