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Flooding Closes Eagle Greenbelt

Courtesy of Amber Summers
Courtesy of Amber Summers

The flooding along the Boise River has more collateral damage this afternoon. Eagle Mayor Ridgeway has officially closed all trails and pathways along the Boise River in Eagle until further notice.Mayor Ridgeway made the decision today (Wed 4/5) after discussions with Eagle emergency responders, the Incident Management Team, and notifying the Emergency Operations Center.

The following is a message from the City, Eagle Police, and Eagle Fire:

“Everyone loves the Greenbelt. It’s 25 miles of tree-lined, Foothill-framed riverbank serenity through the heart of Eagle, Garden City, and Boise. It’s the perfect place to bike or stroll.

Most of the time. Not now. That’s why the City of Eagle has closed our portion of the Greenbelt for the foreseseable future.

Boise River flows in excess of 8100 cubic feet per second (CFS) over the last few weeks have made much of the Greenbelt unsafe for people and pets.

Low-lying portions of the path are under water. The riverbanks that line the Greenbelt are under stress and are at risk of serious erosion.

The river is swift and bitter cold — 41 was the highest temp recorded on the river Wednesday — meaning any person or pet who fell in would be in immediate and serious danger.

The Eagle Greenbelt starts at the Garden City/Eagle border. All pathways and trails will be closed along the north and south forks of the Boise River, both north and south banks. You will see signage at entry points along the Greenbelt reminding you of the closures.

Boise River flows are expected to stay at or above 8000 CFS until early June thanks to the deep snowpack in the mountains. Flows could increase if we have lots of rain or unseasonably warm temperatures through April and May.

We appreciate people straying away from the Greenbelt until the high river flows go down to a safe level and we can assess the damage that has already occurred.

We know it’s a sacrifice, but it’s more important to us that Eagle residents are safe.”

Be smart, be safe!

 

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