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Increased Boise River Flows have rendered sections of the Eagle Greenbelt and trails impassible ahead of Easter Weekend. The Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers have been discharging water into the Boise River all week. Flows are expected to reach 5,690 cubic feet per second (cfs) by Friday evening. While 7,000 cfs is considered flood stage for the Boise River, certain low-lying areas around the Eagle Greenbelt flood early.
Due to the high water, the north Eagle Greenbelt underpass below Eagle Road is still closed. The City of Eagle closed the underpass on April 12th and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The water flowing over the surface of the trail is several inches deep. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management advises that just 6 inches of water can knock over an adult. Additionally, the flowing water is leaving sediment on the pavement, which creates slippery conditions. Greenbelt users should detour to the Riverside Drive crosswalk to cross Eagle Road.
Water from the south channel of the Boise River has flooded a natural surface trail north of the Laguna Point Subdivision. The City of Eagle closed the trail on April 17th. The trail will remain closed until river flows decrease. Natural surface trails are not paved. Traveling on a flooded natural surface trail can cause serious damage. Greenbelt users should instead use the concrete and asphalt trail that runs through the Lakemoor Subdivision.
You can check the Boise River flows in real time on the National Weather Service Site.