Flooding http://boisestatepublicradio.org en How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-boises-1959-mudslide-led-lasting-protections-citys-foothills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was August, 1959. Boise was having one of its typical hot, dry summers. A fire had just burned 9,000 acres in the nearby foothills. Then on August 20, a huge storm system dumped heavy rain on the Treasure Valley. One inch of rain fell in an hour on the burn scar.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The water overwhelmed the hills and washed away tons of topsoil. A Forest Service <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UxSjP-Dn2o">video</a> made several years after the event, tells the story.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Scott Graf 43660 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills Idaho Residents Face Big Flood Insurance Increases http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-residents-face-big-flood-insurance-increases <p>About 1,400 flood insurance policies in Idaho subsidized by the government are facing hefty premium increases despite a congressional fix intended to limit the worse of the rate hikes.</p><p>More than a million policyholders across the nation will be required to pay higher annual premiums as the federal government cuts subsidies in an effort to cover the National Flood Insurance Program's more than $24 billion deficit brought about by the discounts and a series of catastrophic storms.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:44:26 +0000 Associated Press 42255 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Flooding, Mudslides Possible Across Southern Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/flooding-mudslides-possible-across-southern-idaho <p>What a difference a week makes.</p><p>Last week, concern was mounting over how little precipitation had fallen in southern Idaho this winter. Now, forecasters say areas in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=IDZ011&amp;warncounty=IDC085&amp;firewxzone=IDZ401&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Hydrologic+Outlook#.UvzmhPtyW_k">could see several days</a> of flooding.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:04:04 +0000 Scott Graf 40129 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Flooding, Mudslides Possible Across Southern Idaho Flash Flood Warning In Effect For Parts Of Fire-Ravaged Blaine County http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/flash-flood-warning-effect-parts-fire-ravaged-blaine-county <p>The Beaver Creek Fire burned more than 174 square miles and endangered the towns of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley last month. The once-enormous blaze is fully contained.</p><p>But residents in the area now have to be on alert for another danger: flash floods and mudslides over the charred land. <a href="http://magicvalley.com/news/local/rain-causes-mudslides-in-fire-damaged-wood-river-valley/article_0e86edc6-14c2-11e3-a60f-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">The Times-News reports</a> that 18 inches of mud came into the Croy Creek Canyon area overnight.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:02:25 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 31772 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Flash Flood Warning In Effect For Parts Of Fire-Ravaged Blaine County After Fire, Idaho Forecasters Warn Of Flash Flooding http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/after-fire-idaho-forecasters-warn-flash-flooding <p>National Weather Service warned Idaho residents traveling or recreating on National Forest lands to be wary of possible flash flooding, as recent wildfires have scorched what ordinarily would have been rain-sopping vegetation from hillsides.</p><p>A flash flood watch goes into effect at midnight and continues through Tuesday on Boise National Forest areas burned by the massive Elk, Pony and Little Queens fires.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:10:33 +0000 Associated Press 31736 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rains Prompt Flooding Concerns In Areas Burned By Wildfires http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rains-prompt-flooding-concerns-areas-burned-wildfires <p>Heavy rain prompted flash flood warnings Tuesday for areas affected by this summer’s wildfires in parts of Boise and Elmore counties.&nbsp; The National Weather Service was concerned that barren terrain left after the Springs Creek and Trinity Ridge fires could produce debris and rock slides.</p><p>National Weather Service Hydrologist Troy Lindquist says the first substantial rain in months was expected to total about an inch and a half.&nbsp; That’s not a lot, but he says it <em>is</em> enough to make things dangerous near the so-called “burn scars”.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:25:39 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 15166 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rains Prompt Flooding Concerns In Areas Burned By Wildfires Spring Weather Makes For Tricky River Management http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/spring-weather-makes-tricky-river-management <p>Warmer temperatures this week have kept river levels high in Idaho as mountain snow melts. It&rsquo;s been a challenging year for those who manage the state&rsquo;s river systems. That&rsquo;s because the spring runoff happened a month earlier than last year. It&#39;s brought flooding along the Boise River and raises questions about water availability next year. Just ask Ron&nbsp;Abramovich. He&#39;s a hydrologist and water supply specialist with the <a href="http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/" target="_blank">Natural Resources Conservation Service</a> in Boise.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 03:50:45 +0000 Sadie Babits 5815 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Spring Weather Makes For Tricky River Management Flood Warning For Boise River To Remain For Several Days http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/flood-warning-boise-river-remain-several-days <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Boise River is under a flood warning for the next several days. &nbsp;&nbsp;Dave Groenert&nbsp;&nbsp;is a meteorologist with the <a href="http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/boi/" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a> in Boise. He says that warning will remain at least for the next seven days as temperatures rise. &ldquo;They (temperatures ) look to peak at the middle of next week Wednesday,&rdquo; explains Groenert. &ldquo;And then after that cool back to normal.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 20:10:01 +0000 Sadie Babits 5522 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Flood Warning For Boise River To Remain For Several Days