It’s that time of year again.
Spring rains and a melting snowpack result in our annual ritual of balancing upstream water storage with river flows.
If our three mountain reservoirs fill suddenly, water managers are left with no choice but to dump water down the Boise River ~ through downtown Boise and downstream to low-lying Eagle Island.
If you live anywhere near the Boise River, you should check out the federal flood insurance program.
The cost is minimal and it isn’t worth taking a chance.
It is now late March and the river is already running bank-full in places, thanks to this past week’s rain.
Sudden warm weather, combined with unexpected rain, could force water managers to release higher than expected flows from our upstream dams.
If you think it can’t happen here, check out the two photos above, both taken in Spring 2006.
The first photo above was taken behind Rivers End Subdivision in Eagle when the South Channel of the river carved a new path through what is now the Laguna Pointe Subdivision.
The second photo was taken in Island Woods Subdivision at the same time.
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