Boise River To Hit Flood Stage

Mar 6, 2017

The Boise River will hit flood stage this week as officials try to make room in reservoirs for more rain and snowmelt.

The river will go up a little bit Monday, 250 cubic feet per second, and again Tuesday, which will bring flows to 7000 cfs. That’s considered flood stage as measured by the Glenwood Bridge gauge.

That means more sections of the Greenbelt along the river, some of which are already underwater, will be flooded. Minor flooding is expected on Eagle Island and other low spots along the river. And river bank erosion could become an issue.

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Officials say the water will be deeper, faster and colder and all activity along river banks should be avoided.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation say they have to release water now from Lucky Peak Dam to reduce the risk of flooding this spring from rapid snowmelt.

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