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Officials prepare for worst case scenario in Eagle, make possible evacuation plans

As the Boise River continues to rise, officials worry about possible Eagle flooding. (KBOI Photo)

Monday morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to increase Boise River discharge to over 8,300 cubic feet per second by Wednesday. However, by Monday afternoon the river already reached that number.

Ada County officials and the emergency management team are encouraging anyone who lives along the Boise River to be prepared to evacuate if flooding suddenly worsens in the near future.

One of their main concerns is in Eagle. Specifically, a gravel pit near the east end of Eagle Island.

"We are concerned, it is a valid concern, and that's why we want to make sure people are aware of the situation so that they can be prepared," said Angela Gilman, Ada County engineer.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting in a temporary levee, in attempt to keep high waters out of the gravel pit.

Gilman worries that if the river water rises high enough, it could go over the banks and into the pit. If that were to happen, the pit would fill, change the course of the river and eventually reach homes.

"As it flows west, towards Eagle Road properties in that area would be inundated with that flood flow," Gilman said.

Flood water could also possibly reach Eagle Road. Monday, county commissioners met to talk about possible evacuation plans for Eagle homeowners.

"We've been putting together plans, should an event happen where we would lose access to the Eagle Road so we've developed through those organizations evacuation plans either, depending on what side of the river you'd be on, if that happened either to go north or south," said commissioner David Case.

The county plans to release evacuation plans to the public this week.

The emergency management team is asking anyone who lives along the river to be prepared to evacuate in case of a worst case scenario.

To see the Ada County pre-evacuation checklist click here.

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