Sporadic spring weather increasing flood risks

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - If you've lived in Colorado for any extended amount of time, you begin to realize that you need to be prepared for all four seasons when you leave the house -- regardless of what season it is.

Now we may need to add a fifth preparation to our regiment: flood protection.

The late snow in the mountains helps keep the mountain's snowpack stay full, and that in turn fills our reservoirs. But it also fills up the rivers.

"We've had a significant amount of snow already melt up in the high country," says NWS Meteorologist Jim Pringle. "We are -- as people have probably noticed -- seeing the rivers rising significantly".

The high rivers leaves open the possibility of flash flooding during extreme storms. Water isn't the only factor in flooding; in fact a major contributor is lying right beneath our feet.

"When we disturb our surface and create a nontypical surface," says BLM public affairs specialist Chris Joyner, "then we get atypical flooding events".

Overall, though, it is too early to tell how much impact the spring precipitation will have. According to the National Weather Service, we should not anticipate any severe flooding this summer.

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  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2013 at 06:53 AM
    Joyner is typical nut that omits the facts that if we people were not here there would be massive flooding and erosion no matter what. The river would run high then dry up in the summers. Just look at how wide rivers in Alaska are and there is no one disturbing the soil. They too have flood seasons, just like here. Man is an integral part of maintaining a safe and healthy forest environment. Only lately with the closing of forest and keeping man out has the forest become unhealthy and more dangerous, it is the fault of the eco-nuts and their hands off mismanagement (Road-less debacle) that create fires like we seen in Colorado Springs last year. We need more dams on the Colorado to increase the health of the river and curb flooding. We need more tree cutting in the forest to maintain a healthy forest. Clear cutting creates more food for wild life and gets rid of fuel, and unrestricted forest fires.
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