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Flows are increasing on the Boise River, and some Greenbelt trails are flooding

Plantation Greenbelt bridge now in place

The Plantation Greenbelt bridge now allows access from Garden City Greenbelt on the south to Boise Greenbelt on the north.
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The Plantation Greenbelt bridge now allows access from Garden City Greenbelt on the south to Boise Greenbelt on the north.

If you’re planning an outing on the Greenbelt this weekend, you’ll want to be aware of some closures along the popular trail in Boise and Eagle.

Increased flows on the Boise River have put some portions of the Greenbelt underwater, and flows were expected to reach 5,690 cubic feet per second by Friday night.

Although 7,000 cfs is considered flood stage for the river, some low-lying areas have already been affected.

In Boise, a section of the Dallas Harris path in Marianne Williams Park has been closed, as has a portion of the Bethine Church River Trail because of standing water.

The path under the East ParkCenter Bridge also has experienced flooding. Greenbelt users are encouraged to detour over the bridge and onto the north side of the Greenbelt to avoid that area.

The underpass below Eagle Road in Eagle was closed on April 12 and will remain closed until further notice. The water along that portion of the trail is several inches deep. Six inches of water can knock over an adult, and 12 inches can carry away a small car, according to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management.

Greenbelt users needing to cross Eagle Road can detour to the Riverside Drive crosswalk.

A natural surface trail north of the Laguna Point Subdivision in Eagle has also been flooded and will remain closed until flows decrease. Greenbelt users are asked to use the concrete and asphalt trail that runs through the Lakemoor Subdivision instead.

As a reminder, the Boise River is deep, cold and swift this time of year. Greenbelt users should be particularly cautious near riverbanks and flooded areas.

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