Increased flows to the Boise River cause flooding

Posted at 11:36 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 05:30:01-05

With many areas of the Treasure Valley already experiencing flooding, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers continue to increase the flows to the Boise River, which means more water on the river, and more water covering the greenbelt and other low lying areas. 

Water managers are targeting flows through Friday through the city of Boise at nearly 7500 CFS which is considered above flood stage. 

They said the adjustments of the flow are necessary to help reduce the risk of catastrophic flooding later this spring. 

Even more sections of the greenbelt will be submerged and they said erosion of river banks may become a significant problem.

But, water managers say only minor flooding will be seen on sections of Eagle Island and other low spots near the river.

Additional water could be released in the coming weeks depending on weather conditions.