Poudre River shutdown unlikely despite deaths

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Authorities say they will not restrict access to the Poudre River near Fort Collins after the swollen waterway claimed its third victim in less than two weeks.

Larimer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Hillmann likened the dangers to winter driving, noting that while roads may become icy, it's rare for officials to shut them down entirely. She tells The Coloradoan the department is monitoring river conditions daily.

Calls to restrict access come after a 25-year-old woman was thrown from a private raft on Wednesday and was later found downstream floating face down. During Memorial Day weekend, a 14-year-old Greeley teen and his uncle died after the boy fell into the water and his uncle went in after him.

Single-air-compartment vessels like inner tubes are prohibited on the river as it flows through Fort Collins.

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