The road block to float season in Boise
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
The Boise River dipped below 2,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) for the first time this year on Thursday.
Water levels on the Boise River are dropping, but there is still no start to float season in sight.
It may look safe from land, however, there is dangerous debris scattered throughout the river.
Thursday afternoon crews with the Boise Fire Department went out on a boat to assess just how much work will have to be done before the river is safe.
KBOI 2News was able to go along with them for the ride.
It didn't take long to see why the river warning is still in place.
"Even though it might look like it's okay, it's super hot out and I get that, [but] it's not the place to be out on right now," said Paul Roberts, Division Chief of Special Operations for the Boise Fire Department.
Debris, branches, and entire trees will have to be removed before the river is safe for floating.
It's unclear when that will be.
"I would love to give the public a time frame and date of when we're going to open because I am getting a lot of calls and pressure to get the dangerous river condition lifted - which remains in effect and will remain in effect until we've mitigated these things - but I'm not prepared to do that," said Roberts.
Right now, crews are just surveying the river. Roberts says they're unsure when they'll actually be able to start clearing things out.