Friday, February 6, 2015

Travelers Should Watch for Floods in the Boise National Forest

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

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With the forecast of heavy rainfall in the mountains—which leads to quick snow melting—officials with the Boise National Forest want to warn travelers of potential mudslides, flash floods and road washouts. Most at risk are the recently burned areas near Atlanta, Pine, Featherville and along the South Fork Boise River.

Forest visitors are warned not to park or camp next to creeks or rivers because of potential flooding or slides. As heavy rain falls, rocks and trees can fall without warning onto roads and trails. Drivers are cautioned to proceed carefully on muddy roads, especially as visibility along the becomes limited.

In August 2014, 700 feet of the Middle Fork Boise River Road near Atlanta was washed away after heavy rains. Repairing the road took two months and cost the Idaho Department of Transportation $500,000. 

Closer to home, in the Boise National Forest, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area's forecast shows a 100 percent chance of rain tonight, with mixed rain and snow over the weekend and a 90 percent chance of rain Sunday night.

Temperatures on the mountain should hover around 50 through the weekend.

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