Update: Boise River Flows to Decrease Dramatically Over Next Four Days
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Could we get to see a float season on the Boise River? We’ve taken a big step to possibly seeing one this year. We told you yesterday that the Boise River flow was dropping to it’s lowest level since March…more good news today as flows will continue to drop by another 2000cfs not only putting an official end to the flooding but bringing levels to the lowest they’ve been since February.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will decrease flow from Lucky Peak Dam by 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) each day Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, June 16 through June 19.
Flows in the city of Boise as measured at the Glenwood Bridge gauge will decrease to approximately 4,900 cfs by Monday afternoon. Think about that….just a few weeks ago he Boise River was at 9500cfs
The decrease is a result of a decreasing inflows to the Boise reservoirs and officials now say there is adequate space in the reservoir system to store the remaining runoff.
A flow rate of 7,000 cfs is considered flood-stage level at the Glenwood Bridge gauge on the Boise River. The flow rate of 4,900 cfs would drop the river to levels not seen since late February.
Boise River reservoirs are at approximately 95 percent of capacity.
Residents of flood-prone areas in and near the greater-Boise area are still encouraged to keep informed of changing river, stream, and weather conditions on the National Weather Service, Boise Office website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/boi/. The site offers flow data, weather forecasts, and flood alerts. Follow flood-response instructions issued by your local emergency management agency http://www.adacounty.id.gov/flood, and tune-in to local radio and television news stations. Ada County residents can sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF01DC4DD213, or download the CodeRED mobile app from your mobile device’s app store.
For real-time Boise River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/boise.html.