The following is an unscientific GUARDIAN take on the current flood threat in the Boise area.
While the threat of flooding and the potential for damage is usually focused on the Boise River, and quite often the Eagle area, the Wednesday breach of Dry Creek and problems in Boise County showed us the small streams are the most likely to overflow their banks.
If we think of the foothills and even the valley as a gigantic sponge in 1990 we have to think today in terms of a sponge wrapped in plastic–no longer able to absorb water, causing it to run in one direction–downhill. The “plastic wrap” in southwest Idaho is in the form of rooftops, streets and asphalt paving–acres and acres of it.
The net effect is torrents of water in volumes no one has ever seen. If the small streams are filled with even a moderate amount of rain combined with high temperature runoff we can expect to hear the sirens wailing near the high end view lot homes. Those disaster wonks who never get to do anything will be in 7th Heaven.
Our sources at the National Weather Service tells us that we have had “significant amounts of rain,” but no records have been broken in the past few days. They note the stream flows are extremely high and the Snake is running at breakneck speed.
Here are some points to ponder:
–How about some sympathy for the guy in Eagle who ruined his new “Nordstrom Pants” while rescuing his Audi car?
–Dry Creek isn’t. Why do you think they call it a “creek?” Dry Creek is an oxymoron–like “smart growth or good rap music.”
–Floods are good for the economy. The ACHD workers get overtime, repairmen get work, and landscapers have jobs.
–Will insurance cover the $5,000 for the pet fish lost to floodwaters by the guy in Eagle? Is he the one with Nordstrom Pants?
–Who let those people build homes “streamside” along Mores Creek south of Idaho City?
–Callers to KBOI am 670 had no sympathy for any of those suffering from flooding. We have even heard people waiting to see the houses come sliding off the view lots in the foothills. Not very neighborly attitudes to the newcomers.
–When the farm at North Eagle and Floating flooded all the time how come it was “no big deal.”
–Why did Brandi Smith of KIVI-6 wade in the flood water wearing her nice skirt? Her mom must be furious.
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