Ada County preps for possible flood scenarios

They are planning for possible flood evacuations.

BOISE - Emergency management officials are preparing for the worst as they continue to monitor flooding on the Boise River.

The Ada County Emergency Operation Center has been set up in the basement of the county's public safety building.

Normally this room is used for training, but because of flooding threats it's being used actively every day to plan for potential flood evacuations.

The room is organized into six different stations, with ceiling power chords, 25 phones and the center can run off a generator for two weeks.

Lately, efforts have centered around preventing a pit capture at the Sunroc gravel pit.

“It won't take long with those flows where we will be reaching a point where they may have to release more water,” said Doug Hardman, Ada County Emergency Management Director.

With reservoirs at 77 percent capacity, more water could be released next week.

Officials in the Ada County Emergency Operations Center are trying to get a jump on it.

“Our biggest biggest issue, what we are working on, is trying to protect the Sunroc gravel pit from doing what we call a pit capture,” said Ada County engineer Angela Gilman.

Gilman says one of the concerns at the gravel pit is the amount of sub-surface water.

Hesco barriers have already been put in place, but this week the county is going a step further.

“So we're working on putting in a lined ditch in this area to collect that water, if it does come through over here, and then pipe it over into here, or create a weir and put it over into that pond, so we're channeling it, we're doing it controlled rather that letting it just destroy material and getting in the way," said Gilman.

Additional flood barriers are also being put in. Both projects are expected to be done by the end of this week before more water is potentially released into the river next week.

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