Portion Of Boise River Closed To Floaters After Tree Falls Into Water


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - A portion of the Boise river is closed to those floating this afternoon after a tree fell into the water. Boise police and Fire responded to the scene, helping severalrafts that became stuck in the tree. According to Boise Fire Battalion Chief Dave Cooper, one young girl is being evaluated by paramedics after being in the cold water. She doesn’t appear to be injured, authorities say. Firefighters say it appears the tree fell due to common erosion. Members of the Boise Fire Dive team are working to cut the tree out of the river channel, but it will likely the rest of the afternoon. Firefighters are diverting river floaters approx. 1/4 mile downstream from the Baybrook footbridge. Floaters are able to take their rafts out of the water and walk around the blockage via the Greenbelt. Epley's Raft Rentals employees have also been informed to the river hazard and are alerting floaters just entering the river in Barber Park.

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