Rivers Continue to Run High and Fast

FLOOD-WATER-300Northwest Colorado rivers are running high and fast, prompting warnings about playing in and around them this weekend.  The Grand County Office of Emergency Management closed Grand County Road 841 due to flooding.  A picture they tweeted shows part of the road washed out by Meadow Creek.  Steamboat holds its Yampa River Festival this weekend.  Steamboat holds its Yampa River Festival this weekend.  While the Yampa is not at flood stage, and is not expected to reach flood stage this year, forecasters say it will come close.  At the moment, it is running at over 4,000 cubic feet per second, and high water has forced the closure of several areas on the Yampa River Core Trail.  Kayakers and tubers need to know that the water is high enough to cause problems at bridges, where in some cases the river is not passable.  The Elk River continues to overflow its banks in some areas.  In Wyoming, Saratoga officials and residents have been making sandbags to hold back the North Platte.  The river has already reached a foot and a half above flood stage, and is expected to peak Saturday at nearly 2 feet above flood stage.  Over 60,000 sandbags have been filled in the past week.

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