Board Ranch flood

A bladder holds back floodwaters in the Board Ranch area west of Ketchum on Wednesday, May 24.

Floodwaters from the Big Wood River receded significantly on Wednesday after hitting a peak height of 7.06 feet and 4,420 cubic feet per second at the Bullion Street gauge in Hailey.

Flood stage is 5 feet.

Cooler temperatures, among other factors, have reduced the river height predictions over the next few days and week, keeping the water under 7 feet as of the National Weather Center’s 2 p.m. forecast on May 25. The next highest peak of 6.82 feet is forecast for 12 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31.

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