Colorado River still running high, causing flooding in some areas

By: Cecile Juliette Email
By: Cecile Juliette Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - The Colorado River is still cresting in parts of Mesa County, according to the National Weather Service.

An early morning check of the Cameo gauge on Thursday revealed that the Colorado River had receded slightly. On Wednesday it was recorded at 13.4 feet, and on Thursday it measured 13.1 feet.

A check of the Colorado/Utah border gauge revealed that the water levels have remained the same for nearly 24 hours. It registered at 15.2 feet on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Also Thursday morning, the Blue Heron boat ramp was still mostly under water. Large debris, mostly tree branches and trunks had gathered in small, newly formed pools of water along the banks, and authorities had the entrance to the parking lot blocked off.

According to meteorologists with the National Weather Service, the moderate temperatures of the last week in Western Colorado should help stabilize the snowmelt off the mountains, causing the river level to drop over the next several days.

Meteorologist Jim Pringle with the National Weather Service says he's never seen the Blue Heron boat ramp under so much water. He says that the dangers of being close to the river can be deceptive, and just standing next to the water can be hazardous, as the moist, unstable ground can give way beneath.

He says, according to records, this has been a near-record year for river levels in Mesa County. He says on June 9th, 1057, the gauge at the Colorado/Utah border measured at 16.4 feet.

On May 27th, 1984, that same area measured 16.1 feet. And on June 19th, 1995, the area recorded 15.2 feet.

Pringle says the river levels should taper off this week, but depending on temperatures, the possibility of more flooding will stick around until July.

Watch 11 News Live at Noon for an update on the levels of the Colorado River levels.

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