The temperature is scorching and the Boise River is slowly dropping, but it's still not clear when float season will get underway. Officials say the river is nearly low enough to start pulling debris like logs and other hazards from the water.
With the river running well above flood stage for several months earlier this year, the annual job of removing debris is expected to take longer than usual.
The Statesman reports the waterway is congested with trees and obstacles that are directly in the path of recreationists. A specialist with Boise Fire says the hazards can trip up floaters who could be pushed underwater by the current and drown.
While it’s technically legal to float the river at the moment, city and county authorities are saying keep out. If somebody needs to be saved from the river ahead of the official start of float season, they could be billed for the rescue. Ada County Commissioners have yet to approve tube and raft rentals at Barber Park for the season.
In a normal year, clearing the river of debris takes anywhere from 3-5 days. This year, experts say it will take much longer. They're considering hiring outside help to assist with the cleanup which may require heavy machinery given the size of some of the downed trees jamming the waterway.
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