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Irrigation water overwhelms park pond
Riverton officials said heavy inflow of irrigation water from upstream caused the familiar pond at Jaycee Park to overflow its banks Monday. Photo by Craig Blumenshine

Irrigation water overwhelms park pond

Jul 30, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

An overflow of water created a temporary swamp Monday at Jaycee Park that had diminished by Tuesday morning.

Riverton parks department superintendent Joel Blury said the flooding was created when nearby irrigators watered their fields more than the park's pipe systems could handle downstream.

"Sometimes it's just irrigating too much," Blury said. "The pipe existing in the pond isn't big enough to handle that amount of water."

He added that this has happened before but the high level of water will usually go down by itself without action from the city.

"It depends on who leases the fields and how much they irrigate," he said.

The park was not closed during the flood, and conditions were close to normal by Tuesday afternoon.

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