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    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team is seen here constructing a temporary levee along the Boise River in the area near Eagle Island. Crews are building a 4,300-foot levy along the Boise River, west of Glenwood Street, to divert flood waters away from a gravel pit.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team is seen here constructing a temporary levee along the Boise River in the area near Eagle Island. Crews are building a 4,300-foot levy along the Boise River, west of Glenwood Street, to divert flood waters away from a gravel pit. Provided by Ada County
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team is seen here constructing a temporary levee along the Boise River in the area near Eagle Island. Crews are building a 4,300-foot levy along the Boise River, west of Glenwood Street, to divert flood waters away from a gravel pit. Provided by Ada County
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April 11, 2017 11:55 AM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."