BOISE -- Parts of southwest and central Idaho have experienced a dramatic week of weather, including severe thunderstorms, quarter-sized hail, and snow at elevation.
On Thursday, nearly an inch of rain fell on locations throughout the Treasure Valley, and now all that water is causing some minor flooding in Boise, Gem, and Payette Counties.
With the release of water from Lucky Peak Dam in the traditional 'rooster tail' excited onlookers upstream, downstream it meant flooding concerns.
With the Boise River running full beforehand at 7,000 cubic feet per second, the extra flow puts the Boise River into flood stage at 7500 c.f.s. That will only mean raising the river two to four inches, but that calls for extra precautions.
"Just, kind of, be wary of it and respect it," said Jesse Bolander, who's run along the Greenbelt numerous times.
Respect will be key, as some sections of the Greenbelt will be submerged, and parts of the river bank may crumble. That's why Todd Overstreet was only letting his little ones play in the puddles at Glenwood Bridge.
"That's about the closest they're going to get," he said.
But even farther downstream, minor flooding is expected at Eagle Island, which is where Jack Maulin lives.
"7,500? Well, I think we'd still be okay here," said Maulin.
But having lived there for more than 15 years, he's used to high water and has taken precautions, like a sump. He's not worried unless the banks break.
"We always keep our fingers crossed that the banks will hold," said Maulin.
Again, the water is deep, fast, and very cold. There's no reason to be recreating in the Boise River right now.
There's some good news with all this water. Managers anticipate a full supply of irrigation water will be available to farmers this season.
Localized minor flooding
The National Weather Service had issued flood warnings for the Payette River near Emmett in Gem County and the Payette River affecting locations throughout Payette County.
A flood warning is also in effect for areas in Custer County near Stanley; however, officials at the Custer County Sheriff's office say no major problems have been reported.
KTVB Viewers have reported high water and minor flooding in areas near Garden Valley and Horseshoe Bend as well.
Those warnings have now been canceled.
Payette River reaching minor flood stage
Officials say the Payette River was measured at just over 12 feet Friday morning, which means it had reached minor flood stage.
The Payette receded below flood levels on Saturday.
According to the Payette County Sheriff's Dept., deputies met with residents who live near the Payette -- mostly adjacent to highway 52 -- and advised them of emergency procedures.
Folks in Emmett were experiencing similar conditions, and officials at both the City Hall and Gem County Sheriff's Dept. said they didn't experience any major problems related to flooding.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently monitoring the rivers and tributaries in the Snake River Basin. Engineers with the corps say warming spring temperatures and recent rainfall in Idaho and parts of eastern Washington and Oregon are melting large areas of snow pack throughout the basin.
For more information, and a list of other local rivers approaching flood stage, see the NWS Northwest River Forecast Center.
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