Officials Declare Boise River Is in "Dangerous Condition'" 

click to enlarge ZACH HAGADONE
  • Zach Hagadone
Just as residents were getting set to start Memorial Day Weekend, launching the unofficial beginning of summer, City of Boise officials posted a "dangerous river condition" warning for the Boise River, adding that the notice will remain in effect until further notice.

The Boise River has yet to be given the "all clear" for the summer floating season, but Boise Police and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department have joined with Ada County Parks and Waterways, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation to alert the public of increased flows on the river. With a recent release from the Lucky Peak Dam, flows of the Boise River are expected to reach 6,500 cubic feet per second Friday afternoon. Although the flow is below the flood stage (7,000 cfs) officials with the Boise Fire Department want to remind the public that swift water can rapidly carry away people and pets, and that cold water can cause even the best swimmer to be incapable of navigating the current due to possible loss of muscle control.

Meanwhile, portions of the Boise Greenbelt remain closed due to water that has flooded the path. Detours have been created for the impacted areas. 
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