Boise River flows to increase to 7,750 cfs; section of Greenbelt damaged

The Boise River continues to get bigger.

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that they plan to increase Boise River flows from its current rate of 7,500 cubic feet per second to 7,750 cfs due rain this week and the above-normal winter precipitation in the Boise River drainage.

Minor flooding will continue to occur in some areas on the Greenbelt and on sections of Eagle Island and other low lying spots.

In addition to minor flooding, the river flows have damaged some areas of the Greenbelt.

Ada County says a section of the Greenbelt on Plantation Island between the bridge and Expo Idaho is currently closed due to erosion. It will remain closed until the bank can be stabilized and the pathway is repaired.

Officials are trying to reduce the increased risk of flooding later this spring. Reservoirs are currently running about 52 percent capacity.