The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation announced today that flows coming out of Lucky Peak Dam on the Boise River will start increasing in an effort to reduce the flood risk once the snow runoff begins in earnest later this spring.
The reservoirs which feed the Boise River are at roughly 73 percent capacity, so to make room for more water, river flows will increase by 66 cubic feet per second each day staring on Wednesday. Officials estimate that flows will reach roughly 3,000 cfs at the Glenwood Bridge gauging station by Friday, March 9. Flood stage is considered 7,000 cfs.
While there are no other increases planned as of yet, it all depends on how fast the snow pack melts this year. In the meantime, use extra care around the river, which will not only be running high and fast, but extremely cold as well.