Winter water; the flooding at Boise, Idaho, January 11-12, 1979

Open-File Report 80-201
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On January 11 and 12, 1979, unseasonally warm temperatures and rain on several inches of snow lying on frozen ground caused widespread flooding in and around Boise, Idaho. Streams north of Boise crested on January 11, flooding neighborhoods in and adjacent to the mountain foothills. On January 12, streams south and west of the city reached their highest stages. Flooding was confined to ground levels and basements of homes and businesses in low-lying areas. The U.S. Geological Survey made indirect measurements of peak dicharges at selected sites on streams that had the worst flooding. The peak discharges were relatively low in comparison with data from historic floods. Much more severe flooding than this event is likely to occur in the future. More data are needed on the occurrence of flooding in Boise Valley to aid in flood-protection planning. (USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Winter water; the flooding at Boise, Idaho, January 11-12, 1979
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 80-201
DOI 10.3133/ofr80201
Edition WRI/OFR
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Idaho Water Science Center
Description 1 Plate: 37.80 x 31.56 inches
Country United States
State Idaho
City Boise
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