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Greenbelt sections could potentially flood as Boise River flows increase

Posted: 10:44 AM, Apr 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-17 16:44:32Z

BOISE — The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they will be releasing more water from Lucky Peak Reservoir this week. Boise River flows are expected to increase to 5,600 cubic-feet-per-second at the Glenwood Bridge by Friday, April 19.

“The Boise River is running fast and cold, and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department is reminding all Greenbelt users to please be careful and stay out of any flooded areas for your own safety,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Bonnie Shelton.

“(Our) maintenance staff have already seen standing water on some low-lying pathways and a portion of the Dallas Harris path in Marianne Williams Park has been closed due to flooding,” she added.

At 5,600 cfs, users could also encounter minor flooding on the Bethine Church River Trail, a 1.6-mile section of path that extends from S. Riverstone Lane off Parkcenter Blvd. to the East Parkcenter Bridge.

The Boise Parks and Recreation team will be monitoring the 25-miles of Greenbelt paths managed by the City of Boise throughout the week and will close any flooded sections as necessary, Shelton said.

With warm weather in the forecast, users are advised to check out the City’s website at parks.cityofboise.org for closure or flooding information before walking or biking the Greenbelt.

(photo courtesy: Boise City Parks and Recreation Dept.)