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Boise River flows to rise this week; officials urge public to be prepared

Posted at 10:06 PM, Apr 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-10 14:41:07-04

The Boise River continues to flow around 8,000 CFS, well above flood stage. The flow is being maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which intends to increase the flow on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The move comes as crew rush to form a flood barrier near Eagle Island and officials are asking the public to be prepared.

Crews are working to install a 4300 feet long temporary levee to protect a gravel-pit close to eagle island. They hope to complete construction early this week.  Engineers say this temporary levee is meant to keep higher water out of the gravel-pit, but they anticipate the ground around the pit to fail. They fear residential roads and parts of eagle road will be covered in water.

"We're wanting everyone who lives along the Boise River from the diversion dam to the county line to stay prepared and we want them to be aware that a moments notice we might tell you to leave your home," said Ada County Public Information Officer Kate McGwire.

County leaders are asking those who may be impacted to have a plan in place, especially those looking after elderly relatives,  pets or livestock. Click here for a Pre-Evacuation Checklist. Click here to sign up to receive emergency alerts on your phone.

Authorities have closed all but 11 miles of the Greenbelt, with some areas completely underwater. Officials are asking the public to obey all Greenbelt Closures.