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Bitter Cold Temperature, Flows of Boise River Trigger Danger Warning

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The Boise Fire Department issued an update late Monday morning, reminding citizens of the "dangerous conditions" of the Boise River. The Bureau of Reclamation said Monday that the river's current in the city of Boise could increase to about 6,200 cubic feet per second.

Meanwhile, the fire department said its greatest concern was for public and first responder safety, adding that the conditions could readily sweep away people and pets, and the frigid temperatures "cause even the best swimmer to be incapable of swimming due to loss of motor- or muscle control."  Additionally, significant debris in the river could injure people and contribute to rescue equipment failure.

Meanwhile, portions of the Greenbelt will continue to be closed or have posted detours due to high water.