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As floodwaters recede, Boise River is showing a bath tub ring

Boise River's receding floodwaters leave behind a mess

Riverside areas and bike paths are covered with mud, rocks, sticks and slime.
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Riverside areas and bike paths are covered with mud, rocks, sticks and slime.

Boise River levels have dropped dramatically in the past week, from well above flood levels to well below. As floodwaters drain away, we’re seeing parts of the riverside and pathways that hadn’t been seen in months. That’s revealing mud, rocks, algae, brackish water and slime on parts of the Greenbelt and nearby riverside.

Water still covers segments of the path. Once the water is down, officials say they’ll still have to inspect the closed paths and parks for damage seen and unseen before reopening closed sections to public use. We know already that there are bridges and path sections that will have to be rebuilt.

And we now know that a big cleanup job is ahead.

Bill Manny: 208-377-6406, @whmanny

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