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Irrigation Season Reminds Us Of Canal Safety

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By KBOI

Boise, Idaho ( KBOI ) Irrigation season is here which means the canals are filling up!

Some in Boise already have some water. On Monday, most in the Treasure Valley will be filled. The New York Canal is already half full and although it's not tempting today, as the temperatures heat up, fire fighters are preparing for the inevitable rescue calls.

Every year Boise Fire gets calls to rescue both people and pets from canals in the Treasure Valley. In fact, last summer two men drowned in canals in Boise and Meridian.

"They are a pretty big hazard here in Boise. They are very cold. They are deep, they are swift and most of the canals are hard to get out of. The New York canal here in particular, has concrete lining on each side, it runs fast enough and the sides are slick enough that once you get in it's very difficult to get out," explains Battalion Chief David Cooper.

Cooper also says the cold water in the canals makes rescues difficult because you don't have a lot of time before your body starts to shut down.

Last summer three people and a dog died when they were electrocuted in a canal in Blackfoot.


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