A note of concern from Joan Lechtenberg on E. Nature Drive in Boise could be a harbinger of the coming spring runoff which will undoubtedly be robust as the result of what appears to be a “normal” snowpack.
She called the office of Team Dave at City Hall noting those pesky developers are dumping fill dirt along the river opposite her place. Those on the high ground tend to have the advantage whether it is war or flooding and she doesn’t want to end up on the low side.
The flash flood and stream bank collapse along Dry Creek in Eagle caused flooding two years ago. With about 10 years of below average snow years on record, there are bunches of newbies in McMansions along the Boise River and various streams who have never experienced a “wet spring.” They would be wise to invest NOW in flood insurance.
The GUARDIAN echoes the concerns of Ms. Lechtenberg and suggests any terrain altering intrusions–including footpaths and levies–be removed immediately. She identified areas along the river in the east end of Boise near the Bown Crossing development.
Ironically, the high end homes seem to be in the low level locations along the river. The area has been in the flood plain forever, but today there is no telling where the high water will go due to stream alterations, dikes, and natural filling of deep spots due to many years of low runoff.
Growthophobes will tell you those living in flood plains deserve to get soaked–and not just by the mortgage company. Not very neighborly, but they have a point about taking your chances when you live in the lowlands. Experience tells us dikes along the river merely increase the velocity of the water and send it downstream to flood someone else.
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