Boise River Levels Rise Again

Apr 17, 2019

The Boise River is on the rise once again.

 

For the second week in a row the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation are increasing the outflow from Lucky Peak Dam by 60% to a rate of 5,450 cubic feet per second by Friday evening.

The Boise river is deep, cold and fast. The Boise Parks Department urges caution to those who walk, run or ride along the Greenbelt. In many areas, especially from the east end of Eagle Island and further downstream, Ada County emergency management warns the river will seep beyond its banks.

The increase is a result of the Boise river basin receiving 129% of the normal amount of rain and snowfall so far this month. The Army Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation manage river flows to prevent flooding and leave enough storage space behind the dams for more runoff later this spring.

 

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