19-069 Corps to decrease Boise River flows to assist drowning recovery operations

Published June 6, 2019

 At the request of the City of Boise Fire Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will decrease Boise River flows through the City of Boise by 1,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) starting at about 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, (MDT) 7 June.

The temporary reduction in flows will assist the Boise Fire staff in recovering the remains of an 18 year-old swimmer who reportedly jumped into fast-moving water near Main Street and Star Road in Star, ID Wednesday night.

The city of Star warned people on its Facebook page to stay out of the river.

“We have had four river rescues here in Star over the past month,” according to the city’s post. “The river is running high, fast and cold and not ready for people to swim. Not only are those who think they can swim in the river risking their lives but also the lives of our first responders.”

Boise River flows were approximately 4,550 cfs this evening, as measured at the Glenwood Bridge gauge. USACE reservoir managers will begin increasing flows by 1,000 cfs to reach a targeted 4,800 cfs starting Saturday morning at 8 am.

For information about USACE-Walla Walla District’s flood-assistance program, visit https://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Flood-Assistance/.


Release no. 19-069