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In the Spring of 2017 cities along the Boise River experienced the worst flood disaster in recent memory. Flooding hit Eagle harder than any other city upstream or down. Working together, FEMA and the City identified over twenty damaged sites along the Greenbelt in Eagle alone. Federal funds were made available to Eagle because there were so many factors beyond the City's control that contributed to the flooding and the damage. FEMA awarded the City all the necessary funds to return the pathways and riverbanks to their condition in December of 2016, but not to make them stronger.
The City has made and is currently making some of the approved repairs. But due to the extensive damage, the City is continuing to work with FEMA on more programs to improve pathways and make the river banks more prepared for future floods. FEMA rules prevent the City from making those improvements now and billing them later. While the process with FEMA is ongoing, the City started 3 approved repair projects this fall. The City is repairing the riverbank and greenbelt pathway near the intersection of Eagle Road and Highway 44 and repairing the riverbank in two locations near the Garden City border.