Gradual Snow Melt Eases Flood Concerns In Southern Colorado

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Pueblo, Colo. (AP) Authorities say flood concerns have eased in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado because of a steady runoff from gradually warming weather.

But state officials warn that rivers could still overflow if warm weather coupled with rain accelerates the spring melt of deep mountain snow.

Mike Sullivan, an engineer for the Colorado division of water resources, says nighttime temperatures are still dipping below freezing this spring, which helps keep the runoff in check.

Rio Grande county authorities had warned residents earlier this year to be alert for possible floods because of heavy snow last winter.

Sullivan says state and local governments made sure they had equipment and plans in place.


KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 18871244 - nbc11news.com/a?a=18871244
Gray Television, Inc.