Boise Foothills flash floods sirens no longer working
Flash flood sirens located in the Boise Foothills are currently inoperable, says Ada City-County Emergency Management.
Seven sirens were installed along four Boise Foothills gulches due to the threat of debris-flows immediately following the 1996 Eighth Street Fire.
The siren activation components are not compatible with modern computer-aided dispatch systems or other recent communications upgrades implemented by the Ada County Sheriff’s 911 Dispatch Center.
Boise City officials are in the process of weighing their options on upgrading, replacing, or decommissioning the siren system; however, the completion of the Foothills rehab and mitigation projects and the addition of flood control structures nearly twenty years ago have reduced the flood risk to a level well below that which existed before the fire.
In addition to these mitigation efforts, citizens also benefit from newer and more efficient forms of mass notification that have been acquired, such as the Idaho State Alert and Warning System (www.isaws.org).
Those interested can contact Ada City-County Emergency Management at 577-4750 for questions regarding wireless emergency alert options.